I think there's many factors that made my journey successful.
2. I believe 100% in Couch 2 5K. Best. Beginner. Plan. Ever. The best part about this plan is the ability to customize it to your needs. I needed to repeat week #1 twice. Yet, by week 3, I was running 5 days a week. Use it as your MINIMUM. Push yourself. Repeat weeks. Double up. But that is your BASE.
3. Find yourself a 5k that's about 8 weeks after your first C25K run. Pay for it. Follow the program.
Runners' World, Women's Running. "Like" running advocates, such as Runner's World, Cool Running, Active.com, Nike, Champion, and my local running clubs on Facebook. I also Googled and subscribed to real running bloggers.
this site. Social runs are a lot of fun. Word to the wise...don't be afraid that you aren't a runner. Most of these clubs are geared towards helping you BECOME one. More than likely, you won't be the slowest or the least fit out there.
A lot. Make friends with water.
S H O E S. The shoes make the run. Seriously. Do not underestimate it. Do not go to Dick's and buy the prettiest pair you see. Get yourself to a local running shoe store and be fitted, properly. On that note, don't screw around with any of your running equipment. Ladies, get a GOOD bra to ensure no jiggle. Running clothes are to be non-cotton. Socks, too. Find yourself getting blisters or chafing? Meet Glide. Don't run uncomfortable.
Now...I'm going to be needing to repeat all 10 steps once I'm back in the game after rehab. Join along with me!