I remember a time when I didn’t love running. I did it because it was a good cardio workout and that was it. Now, if I go more than a few days without running I feel like a lab puppy cooped up inside all day.
And I don’t remember there being a specific moment when I was like “Oh yeah, I totally love this now!” It certainly was gradual and there are times (like on kilometer 40 of a marathon) where I think “Why on Earth am I voluntarily doing this?”
If you think you are a person who hates running just realize that it’s not a special feeling. Most people don’t like it because it’s crazy hard at first, your body feels all weird, and you feel as slow as molasses.
But, just like ANY skill in life, the more you do it the better you get at it. Your body will respond quickly and, most importantly, your mind will begin to build all these new synapses that will make you feel good after each and every run. And trust me….you feel SOOOOOO good.
Here are some of my tips on how to stay motivated:
- run on a regular basis for at least 3 weeks
- buy some new running gear, specifically shoes that fit you correctly
- read other people’s motivating stories (especially this one by Alexandra Heminsley)
- track your progress (I prefer using RunKeeper)
- Tell your friends and family (public pledges are known to help smokers quit so why would it be different for this healthy behaviour?)
- Sign up for a race (having a goal and a commitment to work towards is definitely motivating)