My FIRST reader question- and a great one at that!

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So, Marla writes,

“I just started reading your blog – I saw it on Lisa Paige’s website. It’s great – you are so cute and so funny! I live in Philly too and am around the same age. Congrats on your 5 miler! I acutally have a question for you. I read that you couldn’t even do a mile before…that’s my problem. I have no idea how to start out and build up to 5 miles. Can you give me some advice? How did you start running and being able to run that long of a distance?

Thanks!
Marla”

First off, THANKS MARLA!  I loved her letter and loved her question. Here was my response (truncated becuase I write as much as I talk…A LOT):

“Hey Marla!  Thanks so much for your feedback!  Ok, so here is my suggestion for you.  There is a website that I have gotten RAVE reviews about and a friend of mine is actually following this plan.  It is called couch to 5K.
It gives you a plan for how to start running from literally being a couch potato!  Check it out!  For me, I always was in somewhat ok shape and exercized a few times weekly but on the elliptical.  This is waaaay different from running.  BUT, since my body was not brand new to the workout thing, I just got on the treadmill one day and went. I said, “I’m gonna do a mile and that’s that.” I started running and then just walked when I had to, but for me I just wanted completion.  Then I increased a bit each day.  It’s not that fun always, but the accomplishment part of it is great!  Anyway, PLEASE keep me posted on your progress!  Let me know if that info was helpful or not.  And email me any time!  thanks again, girl!  enjoy your day.  Start today.  It’s beautiful!”
Here that?  Start today people!  Anyway, that was fun and exciting!  Thanks again, readers!

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