how to start running

volunteering at a run
The lululemon athletica Ala Moana store cheer on and help hydrate half marathon runners.

It’s been a long time since I’ve laced up my shoes to go for a run. But recently some of us from the lululemon Ala Moana store volunteered to pass out water at a local half marathon. We cheered on runners and passed out water before dawn. I was so inspired to see this massive group of runners pushing themselves so early in the morning.There were people of all ages and abilities pounding the pavement. Running, walking, smiling and laughing… we even saw one man who was running the entire half marathon backwards!

I felt the urge to get my butt into gear and start running. If all of these people could do it, so could I. But getting started can be difficult, especially when the word "run" is barely in my vocabulary. I wanted to share my plan with all of you, to get your advice and hear your experiences, and hopefully get motivated by all of the other people out there who want to start running as well.

coach Claire
lululemon athletica Ala Moana Run Club Coach Claire was on the other side of the race.

set a goal

First things first, set a goal. Inspired by the half marathon we volunteered at, I've decided to run a half marathon by February 2010. Setting and sharing a goal helps to keep us accountable.

start to train

Now that you know the direction you’re heading, next comes the fun part… starting to train. There are a lot of running clubs, groups and clinics in the community. If you live near a lululemon store, you've got a wealth of information at your fingertips. Many locations, like the Ala Moana store that I work at, have run clubs or clinics that you can join. If not, we can help point you in the direction, whether it's finding a safe route for you or even joining you for a run!

what to wear

Another important part of starting to run is to find the proper fitting clothes. lululemon has an extensive line of high performance and moisture-wicking run products. (If you live in a colder climate, read this blog post for more on layering your run outfit).

Finally, hang in there. I know it won’t always be fun nor easy, but if you set your mind to do something, there is nothing stopping you from finishing!

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Sharing a goal with the whole world is scary! My heart started beating when I saw this post! I guess I can check off “do one thing a day that scares you” for Monday, November 16, 2009!!

Comment by Marisa — November 16, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

Yay Marisa!
Please keep us posted as you work towards your half marathon goal.

Comment by Facebook User — November 16, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

Yay Marisa!!! Let’s do our runs at our run club!! I’m so excited that there is another one of us joining the club!

Comment by akiko — November 17, 2009 @ 12:36 am

Having a goal is the way to go, especially with running during the winter months. Good luck!!!

For people who want to run but don’t know how to start, or feel intimidated, or who have tried but never got past that first mile, a great running program is the Couch to 5K on

Comment by Annalisa — November 19, 2009 @ 8:33 am

Thanks for the support – and the suggestion Annalisa. I will def. check out the link!

Comment by Marisa — November 19, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

Lululemom has actually inspired me to go out every evening for a run. Starting off was horrible, but 2 weeks later of running every evening, i have learned to love it, and weirdly enough enjoy the pain in my legs! This article is very motivating, i hope i can stick to my goal of running once a day!

Comment by Mark — May 5, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

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