Do you love running?
Most people cringe at the thought of running.
We’ve all had those P.E. teachers and coaches that used running as a type of punishment. We can look back and remember those endless laps, fencelines, suicide drills, and the dreaded timed mile.
It’s no wonder that as an adult, you absolutely hate the idea of running.
Here’s the thing.
Running doesn’t have to suck. It can be enjoyable and you can fall in love with it. I truly believe that everyone can love running and become a runner.
All it takes is getting into the right mindset and following a few of these tips below.
How to Fall in Love With Running
1. Get The Right Gear
You don’t necessarily have to go out of your way and buy new stuff.
If you’re new to running or took some time off and are trying to get back at it, this might help you get motivated.
A fresh pair of running shoes with a matching outfit could be all you need to get back out there. And if you’re really looking for new gear, you may want to invest in a smartwatch or tracking device to help log your runs.
- Running Shoes – sorry basketball shoes and converses won’t cut it
- Workout Clothes – splurge a little and get breathable material. You’ll thank me later
Read More: Black-Owned Workout Clothes
2. Start Slow
One of the best things about running is that you don’t have to do much to be considered a runner. So don’t think you need to start out by running 5 miles every day.
Know your fitness level and listen to your body. If you haven’t ran before or in a long time, don’t get too eager and sprint a 5K the first time you lace up your shoes.
You might do great or you might get seriously injured.
Start off with a mile or two and figure out your fitness level from there. If running a mile is too much, try alternating between walking and jogging.
Related: Don’t Skip Your Warmup
3. Set A SMART Goal
Speaking of taking things slow, it’s a good idea to set goals for yourself so that you have something to work towards. Whether you’ve always wanted to run a 5K, train for a marathon, lose weight, or increase your physical fitness, write it down.
Studies have shown that if you actually write down your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them. So take some time to try it out!
Related: How to Start Running: Goal Setting
4. Reward Yourself
Did you run farther this week than last week? Did your time improve? Were you able to go for a run at least 3 days this week? Do your clothes fit looser?
Then celebrate! It’s hard to stay motivated if we’re only focused on our big goals. We can lose sight of how far we have already come and the little accomplishments we’ve made.
That’s why it’s important to reward yourself along the way. Treat yourself to a smoothie, buy a new shirt, or get a massage.
It’s important to feel good about doing good!
5. Get A Little Competitive
When’s the last time you signed up for a race? A little competition can be good for you and it’s a great way to really see how much progress you’ve made.
On race day, your body is full of adrenaline which helps you feel stronger and more energetic. That’s why many runners will have better racing times than they ever did while training.
If you really want to see your best, compete with the rest!
Plus who doesn’t love a little racing swag?
6. Find A Friend
Running doesn’t have to be lonely. Grab your significant other, a family member, or a friend and have them run with you.
Join a running club or start your own. And if all else fails, you can use apps like Nike Run Club or Strava to join virtual running groups.
Tag your social media friends and let them cheer you on. We’re all rooting for you!
Related: How to Start Running: Accountability
7. Spice It Up
Don’t run the same route every day or week. Try running a new route or just change the direction you run. If you can, check out a local trail or park.
Run without headphones for a day and listen to your surroundings (and notice how you’re breathing). Change your playlist and get music suggestions from your friends.
Or try listening to an audiobook while you run.
If you have more than one pair of running shoes, try rotating them out on different days. If you’re doing the same routine week after week it’s going to get boring.
Keep your runs exciting and you won’t want to quit after a month.
8. Start Streaking
No, not literally.
A running streak is pretty simple. You just decide how many days you will run without taking a break. Most people aim for a mile a day.
See how many days in a row you can do! Can you make it for two weeks or a whole 30 days?
Challenge your friends and see who can keep it going the longest.
Final Thoughts on How to Love Running
Remember anybody can become a runner. All you have to do is.. RUN
It can be fun and rewarding. You just have to get in the right mindset and give yourself a chance.
Let me know in the comments if you hate running and how you plan to get back into it.
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