How to Start Running… AND LIKE IT!

I’m not even close to a professional when it comes to running. After all, I’ve only been doing it for about 3 months… but I have grown to love running over those past few months. And that’s something I never, ever thought would come out of my mouth!

I used to be that girl who hated running. I never understood the people who loved it… I thought they were crazy!

But now, I’m one of those crazy people who actually loves to run. I know, I can hardly believe it myself.

I used to think it was boring, but now I look forward to that time… it’s time for myself, time for taking care of myself, and time to be out in God’s creation.

So, if you’re one of those people who hate running, but really wish you could do it… here’s what I would suggest:

1. Pick a place you enjoy, whether that’s the gym or outside at a park. I love running outside because running out there gives me an excuse to get out there and enjoy the beautiful world around me.

2. Find a buddy, especially one who is close to your level of running experience. When Mosby and I started running together, neither one of us could make it more than half a mile. But knowing that she was struggling right next to me gave me the encouragement I needed to keep going. It was so helpful to know I had someone next to me who was experiencing the same feelings as I was. It also helped to hear her urge me on or to hear myself encourage her to keep going, even when I wanted to stop. I probably wouldn’t love running today if I hadn’t started out with her. {So thanks, Mosby! :)}

3. Be patient with yourself. It’s okay that you can’t run very far on your first day! Running, like anything worth your attention in life, takes time. You have to build up your endurance and your strength… which is so rewarding, by the way.

4. Set realistic goals. Start out each run with a goal: I want to get ____ far today. The first day, that was half a mile for me. The next day it was at least half a mile, but three-fourths if I could keep going, etc. Listen to your body and know when it’s best to stop. Every day you can run a little bit farther.

5. Keep at it, even when it gets hard. When you planned to get up in the morning to run… do it. Don’t hit the snooze! If you planned to run after dinner, don’t opt to sit on the couch and watch TV instead. If you’re struggling to make it to your goal for the day… push through it! A second wind will come and you will be so proud that you kept going after you’ve finished.

6. Run a race! If nothing else, it will give you motivation to run more often. I promise you, it’s actually fun! I didn’t think I’d ever want to actually run in a race… but it gave me motivation and I was excited when the day came! Not to mention I felt extremely accomplished afterward.

 

Now get out there and get running! 🙂

And for those of you who are runners already, what did you do to get yourself running and ENJOY it?