@edgebee: Fully recommend the couch to 5K app!! I second another PP whom stated sign up for a race the weekend after the 9-week program. It definitely keeps you motivated!!
From there, STICK to it. It has you running 3 days/week, which is great. However, I wanted to run more, so I went out on the other 2 or 3 days/week and used a running app: MaymyRun. I did not overdo it on those days, meaning I ran what I could, and walked as well. I just knew I wanted to build endurance.
I also added in side exercies as well, at home, which I thnk helped my overall speed/endurance. Squats, burpees, sit-ups, push-ups, etc. I always do those before I run.
After completing the program, and then some, I have ran in 4 races, with my times improving in each. And, I still go out approximately 5 days per week. Some for distance training (up to 5 miles!!), and some for speed (running as fast as I can for as long as I can…about 1 mile).
My sister, an avid runner, said it best ‘anyone can run. it is a mental game. when you think you are about ‘to die’, there is a very high chance you are not about to die, so you have to tell yourself to keep going.’
There are days when it is hard, really hard, so I go thru a mental checklist in my mind:
Do my feet HURT?! Nope. Do my legs HURT? Nope. Am I cramping? NOPE. Is my head playing a game with me? YES! Because usually those are my answers. So,I keep going. In those moments where I answer yes, I stop. Your body tells you when you need a break, just listen to it.