It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman in possession of a good pair of running shoes, must be in want of a good run. Truth be told, if you are considering whether or not to begin a running routine there is one important factor that comes to mind that may scare off any prospective runner: commitment.

Let me fill you in on a little secret: there is no contract. You are not required to put in any more hours or time into your running than what you want to get out of it. Ok…so there is the catch. You have to put in to your plan what you want to get out of it. True! However, no one says you have to qualify for anything or win every race you enter to be considered a serious runner.

Ultimately you can devote as little as an hour a week to your running regimen and get exactly what you want in return: healthy mind, healthy body, and swag bragging rights, yo. 10 minutes a day is approximately 1 mile. Do this three days a week. Give yourself the weekend to do a long run of 30 minutes (approximately 3 miles). All it takes is a plan and an action.

Can you run first thing in the morning? Can you devote 10 minutes after work? Or maybe you can go right after the kids are in bed. If your plan is to run 1 mile a day 3 days a week choose the days that work best for you. Whether those days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a long run on Sunday or maybe your week works best with your runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with the long run on Sunday. It’s completely up to you. If you feel more apt to skip out get an accountability partner or an accountability group. A commitment doesn’t have to be a contract but it does take a little effort.

Consider how much time you want to devote. Consider how much extra time you have to devote. Serious runners are not just those with a hoard of medals or just those who can PR* almost every other week. At the very core of every serious runner is someone who runs consistently and that is the most basic definition of a runner. I run with the plan to finish my daily goal. Planners are a great way to keep track of your goals.

Serious runners are those who plan to run and then fulfill those promises to themselves. A serious runner is a person who determines they are worth the sweat and the tears. They have determined to prioritize their bodies for the sake of health.

Am I a serious runner?

I run therefore I am…a runner.

It’s that easy.

The amazing thing is that being able to run a 5k means you are capable of any distance. You can keep this regimen in your down time and when you find a race, whether it be a 5k, a 10k, or half marathon or shoot, maybe even a marathon, you pick up your training and go get it, bruh.

Essentially, whatever your plan is for your newfound power, commitment doesn’t have to be any more than what you deem appropriate for your schedule.

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