Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tips for People Who Want to Run but Hate It

People often lament over how much they hate running. Let’s face it — the real reason people don’t like running is that they are uncomfortable when they run. I say, no sh*t you are uncomfortable when you run. Most of us are. The fact is, running is tough. That is why if you listen to people around you who are running they are breathing hard and groaning and sometimes cussing.

Just because running’s uncomfortable, however, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. It just means maybe you need to learn some tips regarding how to decrease discomfort and increase satisfaction.

1. Remember you are not alone. Four out of 5 people despise running. They do it simply because they think they should and it burns 4,000 calories an hour (well more like 600, but you get the point). The key is to not think about how much you hate running and why you don’t want to do it. Just shut up and run. You will be happy you did.

2. Start small. Pick an achievable goal, especially when you start out. Don’t go from the couch to exclaiming to everyone you know that you are now going to run five times per week. If you pick manageable objectives, you will be more likely to stick to them.

3. Expect it to be hard. When people run and it gets uncomfortable, they think it’s wrong. They think no one else feels like they do. Running is hard for us all. Instead of judging yourself for the fact that you are out of breath and challenged, embrace the suck and push through. (You do need to learn, however, how to run the right pace and distances for yourself to avoid overtraining and injury.)

4. Be picky. Don’t run in the ugliest part of town past the garbage dump and the pawn shops. Pick a spot that offers scenery that at least slightly inspires you.

5. Distract yourself. For some, the best way to actually get some joy out of running is to forget they are doing it. Distraction is a wonderful tool to escape the reality of the moment, if that is what you are looking for. Find a friend or a dog to run with. Load some good tunes or audiobooks on your iPod. Drink tequila from your water bottle (not advisable, but you will forget what you are doing).

6. Stick to it. If you have never run before or have not run in a long time, you might be hating life the first time you go out. Don’t despair. Refuse to quit the whole thing because of one miserable run. Keep at it. Keep track of your progress.

7. Make it fun. People take this running thing way too seriously. Realistically, most of us are not going to be sponsored or win money. You don’t have to be fast or run far to be a runner. You just have to put one foot in front of the other. Forget all the “rules” and expectations and just go.

Read more: http://runhaven.com/2015/05/07/tips-people-want-run-hate
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