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Teach Yourself To Enjoy Running

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How do you enjoy running?

Running has been the subject of a lot of my conversations recently (with New Year’s 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”

Or

“I don’t enjoy it”

Which I don’t understand because what’s not to love;

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 let’s 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).

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”

4. 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!

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):

6. 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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