Tips to Help You Learn to Love Running

Rebuild your relationship with running.

Running is a beautiful experience. But very few people actually see it that way. The majority of men and women dread running. But running has many benefits, both physically and psychologically. We understand that it can be a love/hate relationship with the treadmill or the road, but once you find a middle ground in which you can run safely and comfortably for your body, it can be all love! 

It’s not easy to try something you have learned to dislike. However, there are many positive aspects to running. It isn’t the same experience for everyone. How you might feel or do your run is not how someone else’s run might be. Maybe your workout partner refuses to run because they have something against it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to love it with our tips to help you!

1. Realize the Benefits. It’s been proven through research that cardio, especially interval training, can keep your heart healthy, lower blood pressure, and cholesterol. Those are all usually partnered with diabetes, so cardio can help reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Physically you can expect to see fat loss, and if you keep up your weight lifting routine along with eating clean then you can get that toned body you’ve always wanted!

2. Get involved! Most cities have track or running clubs that meet weekly to run together. They’ll set goals of a time or distance and then as group, run together! It’s a great way to be apart of something, like a team, that gives you a positive social environment as well. You can meet new people and also be around runners who have the same goals and motivation as you. 

3. Set goals. Every time you lace up your tennis shoes, you have to set a goal. A goal to run for 20 minutes, to run 4 miles, or maybe to just make one lap around your neighborhood. Learning to set these small goals and achieving them, leave you feeling positive about yourself. This can go a long way, especially when you want to set bigger life goals. Running is all about achieving goals we set for ourselves, and you can learn to love the feeling it gives you when you accomplish them.

4. Find a running buddy! Also known as an accountability partner! This could be a great opportunity to build an even stronger bond with a friend. You are less likely to skip running if you have someone depending on you. Therefore the more time you invest in running with someone you enjoy talking to or catching up with, the more you will grow to love that running experience! Just be sure to pick a partner who is close to your fitness level, has the same goals, and will push you when you are feeling slow.

5. Letting go. Running is so much more than a physical experience, it can emotional and psychological as well! It can be an outlet for anger and frustration, or most people find that a good run can leave them feeling less stressed than they were before. Running is a good time to reflect on the past, maybe a problem you’re dealing with or a past issues that sometimes affect your daily attitude. Take that time when you run solo to ponder on solutions for your problems, or get all your emotions out. So when you are done with your run, you leave everything behind and have a new outlook for the day!

6. Surround yourself with positivity. Running is all about making you feel good about yourself. It’s not an easy form of exercise, and it’s even more difficult if you surround yourself with negative people. Weight loss in general is a hard journey, so don’t spend time with people who are telling you running is too hard. It may be too hard at first, but that’s why you do it! Golden Rule: the more you do something, the better you get at it. The more positive outlook you have on your abilities, the more likely you are to reach your goals.

7. Reward Yourself. If people know that they are going to get something out of running a race, the likelihood of them doing that race increases dramatically. Face it, if you know you get something you want after you run, you’re way more likely to do it! For example, if you set a goal to run three times this week for 30 minutes for the reward of going out for a couple drinks with friends. You are 10 times more likely to run that week. This is a good way to get into the habit of running, and then once you do it to where it isn’t as hard anymore, the rest of our tips will fall into place. You’ll hopefully start seeing physical benefits, feeling less emotionally stressed, and have a new running friend by the end of it!

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Allison Gentry

Allison attended East Tennessee State University where she graduated with a Bachelors in Exercise Science. She earned her certification as a personal trainer through Aerobics & Fitness Association of America. Allison is currently in her final year of study in the pursuit of a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In her free time she participates in extreme obstacle course racing, having completed one Tough Mudder and a Trifecta of Spartan Races.

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  1. My running buddy is helping me get back into running after being sidelined for over a month with a sore knee. I will use some of your tips to keep me motivated.

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