Running 101: The First Enjoyable Run

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Welcome Walk and Think audience.

Let’s Begin:

“I’ve went on a few runs, it’s drudgery, uncomfortable, and I feel like my running is crap.”

“I feel like I have to drag myself out the door, grind through a miserable run, wishing I was doing something else the whole time.”

When will running feel good?

Excellent question.

First, lets begin with the development of running and fitness community in recent times.

Running and working out wasn’t always popular.

Just a few short decades ago, you would be out running, and your buddy would be following you in the car, smoking a cigarette.

Exercise, especially long distance running, was something only a small group of people did.

Then came television, which introduced people to fitness shows.

Aerobics classes, people like Jack LaLanne. Some people picked up a thing or two, however, most never took them seriously. I know I never did.

Then came the internet, and the physical training world exploded.

Articles, images, videos, talk shows, everything.

You can find every movement, every workout, every piece of training equipment on the internet.

You can learn everything – for free.

The only thing you pay is time and effort, but that’s a different point altogether.

With training knowledge becoming widespread, health in the world is better than ever.

Back then, people just didn’t know better.

Today:

More and more people are doing calisthenics in their rooms.

More and more people are out jogging and cycling.

More young people are finding resources faster.

More people are reaching elite levels of fitness.

More people are watching what they eat.

All because of shared information.

The magic of the internet is anyone can post anything.

Life is no longer a specific detailed study of one subject. It is a varied buffet of information. It reveals people at different levels of fitness.

And with that comes the desire to be better, to learn, to do better.


So people take up exercising.

What’s often left unwritten is the mental battle, which inevitably comes with any kind of training.

Well, I’m here to spill the beans.

Here is when you’ll have your first enjoyable run, if you’re a beginner.

It will begin on a day you don’t want to go out for a run.

You’ll have a run scheduled for that day in your training log, but you won’t want to do it.

You will dread the upcoming run.

Maybe it’s cold, maybe you’re tired.

You’ll head out anyway.

You’ll win that immediate battle, lace up the shoes, and drag yourself out the door.

As soon as you begin running, your mind will begin to curse at you.

You’re miserable, you hate doing this, you feel an injury creeping up, etc.

So when you’re about half way into your run, you’ll stop.

You’ll feel like crap physically and mentally.

And you’ll just stop.

You’ll stop running, turn around, and begin walking home.

You’ll walk about half-way back, when something interesting will happen.

You’ll feel better.

Your circulation will re-oxygenate your muscles, and they will feel strong again.

Lactic acid will be flushed out.

Your brain will bask in the endorphin glow of having exercised for a bit.

You’ll warm up and not be cold anymore.

You’ll feel loose and powerful.

Your mental state will improve, and all of a sudden, you’ll feel like running again.

So you’ll take a few strides, and be surprised by how light you feel.

You won’t run – you’ll glide the final stretch home.

When the run ends, you’ll feel energized and refreshed.

This is how you break through that barrier between:

Dreading running and enjoying running.

Is every run going to feel great? No.

But you will know what it’s like to glide effortlessly and actually enjoy it.

That’s all it takes to get through the bad runs.

Just knowing how good it can feel.

However:

You still have to get those few terrible runs out of the way first.

Here are two tips for getting the most out of the early runs, when you haven’t ran in a while(if ever at all):


#1. Go by Feel for the First Few Weeks.

Don’t wear a watch, don’t time yourself, don’t measure distances.

Just go out to a certain point, turn around and jog back.

Turn around when you’re still fresh.

Kick it into an easy gear and cruise home.

Pushing hard all the time isn’t always better.

Take the expectations off yourself and run at a comfortable pace.

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing with running, especially in the beginning.

This way you won’t dread running, but enjoy it, like children enjoy playing.


#2. Go Out at Night or Early in the Morning.

If you are self-conscious about running around people(which I was), do so in the early mornings or late at night.

There will be no traffic on the roads. There will be peace and quiet. You can run in privacy, and not worry about looking goofy or being slow.

To those people saying: “Pfft, self-conscious, haha, I don’t give a shit!”

Just shut up.

These are the same morons who never learn anything new, because they already know everything.

Unless you are already at a good level, training in front of other people is hard. Even if you’re a pro, everyone feels different in front of a crowd.

Find a place you can train alone, and make progress on you own.

To make real progress alone is even more of an achievement than when you are around others.

You know it was totally down to yourself, without the peer pressure or encouragement.

When your performance skyrockets, everyone is going to be patting you on the back, but behind your back they’re saying: “How the hell did he do it?!”

All the Best.

-A

 

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