What began as a few blog posts about training tips for new runners has evolved into a series of books for beginners. Run at Any Age: A Beginner's Guide for Adults is directed at grownups who have a desire to begin running or to resume running after a few years away from the sport. I share those things that have worked for me as I began running when I was older.
The purpose of this book is not to convince you, the reader, that you should begin running. You have already come to that realization. You may, however, have some doubts about your ability to become a runner.
The purpose of this book is 1) to encourage and convince you that you CAN begin running given you have a clear bill of health from your doctor, 2) to give you information that will help you get started, 3) to provide tips and techniques to help you endure when the physical or mental going gets tough, and 4) to help you obtain benefits and satisfaction that only a runner will understand.
This book is for anyone who is anxious about running, but especially for women who have neglected their physical well-being while providing for the day-to-day needs of those they love. You know who you are and you want to be healthier – not so much for yourself, but for those you love. You want to live a long and active life so you will be here to care for, celebrate with, and cheer on your loved ones, young and old.
You know you should, but you aren’t convinced you can. Let’s begin by dispelling some of the myths you have heard or created about running. Let’s begin slowly and wisely. Let’s begin with the right tools to be successful. Let’s begin with the support and encouragement of other runners.As I was creating Run at Any Age: A Beginner's Guide for Adults, I pondered much about my advice to log, record progress, write about, and share running workouts as a motivation to keep going. I considered including a sample page within the section, Log Your Workout, but it did not fit the format of the book. A sample page, although it would offer an idea, would not serve the runner over a period of time - and the goal of the motivation sections is to keep the new runner pursuing the goal over more than a few days or weeks. It occurred to me that a logbook and journal combination would be beneficial to new runners. Using the weekly log and journal prompt questions will help the runner see progress during the course of a year. The runner might be surprised to note the physical, mental, emotional, and social changes that running has induced.
As I developed the Run at Any Age Journal, I considered how it might be received by the younger runners whom I coach. My experience with young adolescent runners helped me create prompt questions designed for them. I adapted the journal and prompt question to better fit the running experience of girls and boys - and now we have Run at Any Age Journal for Girls and Run at Any Age Journal for Boys!
Here is a sample of the journal interior ...
Last, but not least, the runner's guide is currently being adapted for young runners! It will be released in late June or early July. I'll be sure to let you know where to find it!
It has been a busy spring!
Find copies of all Run at Any Age books on Amazon or Etsy.
Run at Any Age: A Beginner's Guide for Adults will be available on Kindle.
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
Carol - aka Running Granny Green