I ran to be free; I ran to avoid pain; I ran to feel pain; I ran out of love and hate and anger and joy. By Dagny Scott Barrios Runnier's World Complete Book of Women's Running
More from the book Page 40: From Walking to Jogging: Training for the Beginner.
The beginning of your running program is a time of immense excitement, progress, and growth. You'll see your legs in a new light, as powerful and capable. You'll take pride in one day's accomplishment and use it to motivate yourself the next day, when temptation is tugging you to slow down. You'll feel triumphant at the end of your first steady runs.
But the begging is also a time of challenge and discomfort. You'll discover sore spots and worry about them. You may tire quickly and feel discouraged. You may have days when the kids are sick and the phone won't stop ringing, and before you know it, you'll have missed your workout and feel like all progress is lost.
When you start running, you'll experience both extremes. That much is guaranteed. For some women, this stage will be relatively easy and pass rapidly. For others, it will require more patience. These ups and downs are part of the process of conditioning your body and mind in a new way. The tough days might not be fun, but they are the days when you make real progress-- physical and mental. The easy days when the pavement skips lighter under foot, will those are the days that make all the work worthwhile!