You Too Can Be a Runner!
Most people that say they hate running are making it much too difficult. Here are some things to try before you definitively say you hate running:
- Warm up before you hit the pavement or the treadmill. Do some dynamic leg exercises, such as bodyweight squats, hip circles, leg swings, toe and heel walks, and shoulder rolls.
- Start slow! Many new runners tend to try to get their fastest mile first, or start at too quick of a pace to sustain for the duration of the run. Start at your slowest pace first, and gradually increase with each mile.
- Remember that it’s okay to walk during your runs. “Running” doesn’t have to be all running! Take a walk break if you’re getting tired.
- You don’t have to be a fast runner to be a runner. Many runners go at a pace that would be considered a jog for others. Whether you run a 6 minute mile or a 14 minute one, you’re still a runner!
- Fuel during your runs with quick carbs. This could be things like gels, bananas, or energy chews. You’re using a lot of energy when running; replenish it!
- Get social support. Running is very individual – just you and your legs taking you where you want to go. Bring a friend along for the ride!
- Just try it. Who knows, you may end up liking it!