Teach Yourself To Enjoy Running | The Mummy Toolbox

Teach Yourself To Enjoy Running

Teach Yourself To Enjoy Running | The Mummy ToolboxHow Do you enjoy running?

Running has been the subject of a lot of my conversations recently (with New Years resolutions looming many friends want to know more about it) and a lot of people tell me they don’t run which for me is terrible because you are really missing out. Particularly parents.
The two main reasons as far as I can tell for people avoiding running are either:

 “I don’t know how”


“I don’t enjoy it”

Which I don’t understand because what’s not to love;
  • You’re getting fitter, healthier and exercising
  • You can travel around and go on scenic routes
  • Time to yourself (which is one of my favourite perks) OR
  • Quality time with others where you just chat and workout – Kid Free!

I can help with both of the above issues. If you need help with starting running then take a look at my Walk/Running post as part of “The Beginner Running Series” for a free printable schedule for beginners.

NEXT lets discuss the enjoyment factor!
I appreciate that at first running can be difficult and feels more like a chore but as a general rule there are some easy ways to train yourself to enjoy it! I warn you though once you start it will be really hard to stop.

1. Mix it up

Keep your training program varied! no one likes to do the same distance or route all the time and your body won’t improve either! Add in different workouts e.g. changes of speed or effort to keep it fresh! or try out some different types of running (see number 5).

Do You Enjoy Running? - Here's How to train yourself to enjoy running
Dad and I on one of our 10K runs – Mixing up the distance

2. Have an easy day

If running has seemed like a chore recently then ditch the watch or equipment and just go for a run, just for you. Appreciate it, don’t count it towards anything just go out without any pressure to achieve anything. Sometimes forcing yourself to do something all the time makes you start to dislike it even more, so take the pressure off!

3. Take the scenic route

Running the same route all of the time can be really boring – change it up and go somewhere different – if it takes you off road then so what! don’t be afraid to go on an adventure! Some of my best runs have been when i’ve tried something new and gotten a bit “lost”

Take the scenic route - ways to enjoy running4. Take a friend

I love to run on my own but sometimes I need company and run with other people! If you are struggling to find motivation on your own and keep turning back mid run, this is a great way to keep motivated and get some quality friend time in! Also running with a friend is a great way to tackle long runs as you forget about the distance and just keep talking!Take a friend - ways to enjoy running

5. Try Different Types of Running

Depending on where you live will depend on the types of running available but don’t think you are limited to just road running! Find a bridleway or cycle route nearby and go on an adventure discovering new routes. The different types of running that you could try are (but not limited to):
  • Cross Country
  • Road Running
  • Hills (although i’m not sure anyone REALLY enjoys hill running)
  • Track Running
  • Beach Running (if you have one close enough)
  • Indoor/treadmill running

Try different types of running - Ways to enjoy running6. Music

For me this is one of the main ones! I wrote an entire post on “Should I Run With Music?” and for me the answer is Yes! I have also recently discovered apps that keep you motivated with interactive games in your headphones (my current favourite is Zombies, Run – I will be reviewing this at a later stage too)

How do you enjoy running? do you want to start? Let me know where you stand in the comments section!

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox


  • Kara (#)
    February 10th, 2016

    I have to admit that I hate running and have never enjoyed it. I have arthrits so find it painful so will stick to swimming

  • Idaintyit (#)
    February 10th, 2016

    I have to admit I hate running, I just don’t find it enjoyable at all. My husband goes for a run most mornings (we can’t go together because we have a 3 year old). I am much more of sociable class kind of person like zumba

  • Rachel (#)
    February 10th, 2016

    With more than my fair share of an ample bosom, I am definitely not made for running x

  • Tori Gabriel (#)
    February 10th, 2016

    I totally agree with number six. I find running so much easier with music. I like running to 90’s cheese like Steps and S Club 7 as it has a good beat.

  • Baby Isabella (#)
    February 9th, 2016

    My mummy is a fan of treadmill running, as she can switch off and not watch her feet and where she is going! 😉 A great informative post for those who want to take it up!

  • You Baby Me Mummy (#)
    February 9th, 2016

    I have always loved the idea of running. I have a pretty knackered back which means it is not advisable, but fab tips x

  • Joanna (#)
    February 9th, 2016

    I must admit I’m not really interested running and am a bit lazy when it comes to exercise.

  • Angela (#)
    February 8th, 2016

    I love all of these tips! I am an avid runner, but have definitely found myself in slumps at different times where I just don’t want to get out there and pound the pavement! I will keep all of these tips in mind. Thank you so much for sharing this great post in the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-up! Have a Great Week!! 🙂

  • Ilka (#)
    February 7th, 2016

    Charlotte – these are great tips to get people to try running. It truly is one of the best things you can do for yourself! Pinning this to my Group Running Board! I’m sending you an invitation right now! 🙂

  • Anosa (#)
    February 7th, 2016

    Running and I just don’t bud, I used to do 5k at work at lunch time then I changed jobs and just fell out of sync and now can’t be bothered.

  • Ickle Pickle (#)
    February 7th, 2016

    I did try running a few years ago but I have weak ankles so it was no good for me. I must do something like power walking I think! Kaz x

  • kizzy (#)
    February 7th, 2016

    I really wish I could run, it would make exercise so much easier and cheaper

  • Ana De- Jesus (#)
    February 7th, 2016

    I agree music and finding somewhere which is beautiful is often the biggest incentive for me!

  • emma white (#)
    February 7th, 2016

    I joined the couch to 5k a few months ago and yes its hard but its great for your mind

  • Hannah Budding Smiles (#)
    February 7th, 2016

    I hated running when I started back in 2012, then in 2013 I started to run regularly and loved it! I did my first 10k last year having had a year of minimal running through pregnancy and breastfeeding, I’ve been unable to run at all this pregnancy for medical reasons but am itching to get going again!xx

  • Grant R (#)
    February 7th, 2016

    You’re making it all look so easy (which is quite motivating).

    I’d love to get to the stage where I’m fit enough to go running. At the moment, I can run about 100m before I am doubled over and out of breath. I’m going to try and get some sort of better level of fitness on an exercise bike then try out some running. Wish me luck – I’ll be coming back here for pointers!

  • Kathryn (#)
    January 25th, 2016

    I love listening to motivational talks as I workout. Music is awesome too, but I really love learning something while exercising. It takes my mind off the burn.

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