Have you ever talked someone who loves to run? They make it sound glorious.
Running invigorates the body and mind. It fosters a sense of freedom. You can challenge yourself and constantly get better. There are so many beautiful trails and paths to explore.
With descriptions such as these, you would think anyone would be itching to put on a pair of running shoes. However, many people struggle to like running. If you find yourself in this position but have a desire to enjoy this popular exercise, consider these five ideas.
1. Figure Out Why You Hate Running
Is there a specific reason you hate running? Try to combat it head on.
If running is super painful and leaves you out of breath, focus on running slowly while building up endurance with cardio exercises. If running makes you feel self-conscious, look into indoor running exercises or equipment. If you feel alone when you run, find a running buddy to join you.
Address your concerns and see if it improves your experience.
2. Start Slow
Great runners were not always great at running. The same is true for you. It takes time to run longer and faster. Do not make yourself miserable trying to run crazy distances or at a too-fast pace. If you are miserable, you will not want to try to run again.
Start off slow and set personal goals. Whether it is to simply run around the block once, run a mile, or run every day, break down your journey.
With one small step at a time, you may find yourself less overwhelmed and able to enjoy your time running.
3. Get Some Running Gear
Sometimes, the right gear can motivate you to try (and stay with) something new. Invest in some nice running shoes. Look into music players and wireless headphones designed with exercise in mind. Find a great app to track your running progress.
Be careful. If you are going to spend the money, you need to make the most of it. Only purchase items you are committed to utilizing.
4. Find a Scenic Trail
Running on a treadmill or around the track at the gym can easily become boring and mind-numbing. Seek out some scenic trails in your neighborhood. Ask some of your running buddies where they like to go. By finding a more beautiful setting, you can focus on something other than how much your muscles hurt.
5. Run for a Cause
Many non-profits and other organizations host running events to raise awareness and money (Merritt will have its annual Wish Race 5K in May 30th to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic). By running for a cause, you add purpose, community, and service to your efforts to run.
No matter where you are in your relationship with running, you just need a bit of determination and desire to improve. Incorporating new exercises into your lifestyle always takes time and hard work. Do not give up and just keep running towards your goals, one step at a time.