Up until about two years ago, I had dabbled with VERY occasional running , but it took two crucial ingredients to make it really start to happen. One was my small solid-state MP3 player, which I relegated to running duties once I bought myself a 60GB ipod. Wow. Where without music I would run for 10 minutes then want to walk, with the addition of some music to take my mind off boring running and help me drift away into various fantastic scenarios, it was a whole different story.
The other thing was buying proper running shoes. The first few times it felt like I was running on clouds. And after that, the fact that I had spent an embarassing amount of $$ on them meant I had to commit to running at least sometimes. They're actually lasting a long time given that I basically don't use them in winter - I think soccer training and games is enough fitness-wise and certainly time-wise.
About one in twenty runs, maybe more - but I haven't been running very often so it's hard to say - will be just fantastic. I get beyond the first 10 minutes and I feel like I could keep plodding forever. I usually only go out for about 30 min, and this often includes one stretching stop. On one of those days, I feel like I could definitely shuffle my way right through a City to Surf. Or what the hell, a half-marathon? If only I knew how to get that feeling on a more predictable basis. It seems more likely when I haven't run in the last few days. Two days in a row = mild joint pains, and I'm a