How can I start running?

This question has come up a few times at work so I thought I would address it here. I think I get asked how to start running for these reasons,

  1. It is obvious running is important to me
  2. I do not look like a runner or an athlete.
  3. I run often and have sometimes run far, but I am not fast and I do not win.

It is clear I am not great at running, I do not get any obvious reward from running and I do not have a body made for running, yet I run and often proclaim to love running.

Maybe, there is more to it… so I get asked,

‘Stacey, how can I start running?’

Some truths about what I know about starting running.

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