The Runner's Handbook

I ran 4 miles yesterday; Thanks to Bob Glover

I started last August as an out of shape, overweight, unmotivated failure. Over the past 10 years I’ve tried all sorts of plans to get into exercising regularly. Then I turned 28 and realized that if I didn’t change this pattern, it was only going to get harder after I crossed 30. I’m proud to report that thanks to Bob Glover, I’ll enter my 30s in better shape than I entered my 20s. He started me out with an easy to follow 10 week plan. That gave me enough momentum to finish a 5k race without walking. That was fine and good.. but before I knew it the holidays were upon us and I was sure that my old patterns would emerge and I’d find excuses to stop the running program. Luckily, Bob’s program is so easily progressive, that a habit had been forming. There was now enough motivation that the highlight of my day was the hour reserved in the morning for a quiet jog as the sun was rising. No excuses were necessary: running is enough fun that I automatically find ways to keep running in my schedule no matter what’s going on, or where I am. Got thru the holidays, got thru vacations, and continue to enjoy running as a part of my life. 6 months later, Bob Glover’s book is as essential as it was when I first started the program. I refer to it for tips as the seasons are changing, and I rely on reading the physiological explainations to understand how my body is adapting. Bob Glover is right. If a pig can be trained to run an 8 minute mile – so can I 🙂

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