Running for Beginners (Learn to Run 1 Mile in 1 Month!)

Hello friends! Are you like me? Do you want to get in shape but just don’t know where to start? Do you get out of breath even thinking about going for a run? Let’s change that!

I used to jog off and on in college and I really enjoyed it. I would go outside when the weather was nice, run around campus, go through my favorite park or neighborhood, and just enjoy some time with myself. And then I fell out of the habit and I have been having the hardest time getting back to it. I was back to square one and needed to start all over. I needed to learn how to run again!

I made a little plan and wanted to share it with all of you! I just finished with it and am proud to say that I ran an entire mile WITHOUT STOPPING! It was not the fastest mile of my entire life, but I still did it and that’s all that matters!


I printed this out and taped it to the inside of my front door so I could see it and not forget what day I was on. I love crossing things off a list, so this was kind of extra motivation for me! Give it a try and get moving while the weather is still nice!


I Ran a 5K, You Guys!

As I mentioned in my previous Thanksgiving post, I ran my very first 5K while I was at home over the holiday! It was crazy awesome, and I was surprised at how many people showed up at 8am to run… there were seriously like 900 people there. It was pretty nice outside (for the end of November) which made for great running weather, I was proud of my finishing time of 31:24, AND I got a sweet moisture-wicking long-sleeve shirt to run in! (I also got a free sample of men’s deodorant, but I wasn’t too jazzed about that one…)

One of the best ways that I stay energized and pumped during a run is by having a killer playlist. The right song with the right beat can give me a boost of energy and keep me going when I need it. Here is what I listened to during the race:

  • Kelly’s 5K Playlist
  • So Obvious by Runner Runner
  • Better Than Revenge by Taylor Swift
  • Electrify by Mutemath
  • Go Go Gadget Flow by Lupe Fiasco
  • Zombie by Family Force 5
  • Forget and Not Slow Down by Relient K
  • Toxic by Britney Spears
  • Finding Something to Do by Hellogoodbye
  • Lucky Strike by Maroon5
  • Church of Hot Addiction by Cobra Starship

I have to admit, I was pretty pumped while listening to this as I ran, and it contains some of my all-time favorite go-to songs for running. Leave me comments with some of your favorite workout songs, I’d love to add them to my playlist!