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How to Fall in Love with Running

May 01, 2016

Have you ever seen someone running and wondered how they can look so calm, relaxed, and happy because whenever you attempt running, you just look miserable, hot, and sweaty? You’re not alone. Trying to get in a habit or a routine takes time, dedication, and self-control. The tips below helped me when training for races in the past, and I hope some of these tips resonate with you as well!

1. Sign Up for a Race

If there’s one thing that will get you up and moving, it’s signing up for a race. When I was trying to get into running in 2013, I signed up for my first half marathon. I hadn’t ran more than 3.2 miles at the time, but I wanted to try to get into running, and I knew signing up for a race would force me to train. I decided that signing up for a longer distance would get to actually run instead of just winging it with no training come race day. Well, it worked. I followed a schedule I found online and ran every other day. On the days I missed a run either from being busy or not feeling well, I made it up the next day.

2. Find a Running Buddy

You’re more likely to stick to your running schedule if you have someone to keep you accountable. Having a running buddy will make you commit and stay dedicated because you don’t want to let them down. Plus, having someone to run next to and talk about your day makes the run go by so much faster!

3. Slow Down

Whether you run a 6-minute mile or an eleven-minute mile, a mile is still a mile no matter how fast or slow you go. Start slow, set small goals, and work your way up to a faster pace or a longer distance. Take the time to relax and enjoy yourself and the environment, whether you’re looking out a window or experiencing the outdoors.

4. There Will Be Good and Bad Days

You won’t always want to run. Some days are harder than others, especially when you’re first starting out. When I first started, I had to create to-do lists that included my runs and the distance just so I felt accomplished when I was able to cross it off my list. You have to realize that it gets easier with every day, run, and step you take. You will eventually make it a habit or part of your routine. Accept the bad running days because you still tried. You beat everyone that is still on the couch debating if they should run or workout. The bad running days will make you appreciate the good ones even more.

5. Treat Yoself!

Set mini goals for yourself like getting up for a morning run, running 5 miles, getting a PR, or running on a weekend. Once you accomplish a goal, reward yourself with new running gear like shorts, leggings, or shoes. Buying a cute, new workout outfit can be great motivation to continue striving towards your goals.

-Taylor