your way up a large hill, if it’s hotter than
80 degrees, during or following a cramp,
on the scale, or before the ibuprofen kicks
in. While you’re at it, make no conclusions about spouses, children, friends, or
pets at these times, either.
Race. Don’t wait until you can actually
“race.” What you need more than a race
is to see people cheering for you. You
need to run with a mob of strangers and
then eat bananas and bagels with them—
the best, you’ll swear, you’ve ever tasted.
If you’re still sitting comfortably with
your feet up, reread the dangerous third
paragraph. The first run is the shortest,
slowest, craziest one you’ll ever do. If
you’ve been a bad runner for a long time,
you can turn the train around in less than
five minutes. It might feel like a silly little
exercise that means nothing, but that’s
only true if you never do it again.
You can find more of the Newbie’s exploits
on runnersworld.com/newbie, and by
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