How to Learn to Like Running

by Kimberly Daly Farrell
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How to Learn to Like Running

I’ve completed three marathons, but I wasn’t born with an I-love-running gene. In middle school I dreaded the mile, and I dragged my feet the entire four laps when physical fitness testing came around. In high school I joined the cross-country team because all of my friends were doing it—I was the slowest girl out there, and often finished last, in tears. In college, running was a cheap way to stay fit—that was all. It wasn’t until I was a full-grown adult, living in New York City where Central Park was my only respite from the hustle and bustle that I truly fell in love with the activity. What changed? My attitude. I discovered a personal relationship with running that made me feel like a champion simply for lacing up my sneakers. Here’s how you can learn to love (or at the very least, like) running, too.

Be a beginner Not being able to run an entire mile the first time you attempt to run is perfectly normal—and I promise, no one is judging you for it. In fact, you should be proud you’re even trying. You’ve got to start somewhere, so why not accept your newbie status and plan to take walk breaks on your first few jogs around the neighborhood. Then give yourself time to build up your endurance and distances.

Back off the speed Unless you’ve got a sponsorship deal with a major sports brand, running fast isn’t really necessary. And it might even be preventing you from actually enjoying the run. Try running slower, at a pace that allows you to speak in full sentences, and see how your body reacts—your breathing will feel more natural, your joints won’t start aching as quickly, and you might even find yourself smiling out there.

Set small goals See that telephone pole at the end of the street? Run to that, and then pick your next target. Creating small goals within your workout keeps it interesting, and feeling those little twinges of achievement can help you enjoy running more. Today the next mailbox, tomorrow the finish line of your first 10K!

Enjoy being alone The kids aren’t around, your boss isn’t standing over you, it’s just you, your running shoes, and the road. Thinking of your run as “me” time will help you see it as a special event, one you’ll start looking forward to.

Find a buddy Pounding the pavement with a friend can make all the difference. You can encourage each other to get going, commiserate on the hills, and chit-chat your way to the finish. And making a plan to meet someone for a run can give you a little extra motivation to get out the door. (Find more tips on running with others here.)

Make the miles matter When the personal benefits of running (weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, reduced stress, etc.) aren’t enough to get you to pick up your feet, consider running for a cause. Sign up for a 5K that raises funds for a nonprofit organization, or download an app like Charity Miles, which lets you earn money for a charity of your choice with every step you take.

Listen to music Studies show upbeat tunes can distract you from physical exertion and even get you to push a little harder. (Songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute have the biggest impact.) Just be smart about your headphones—only use them in safe, low-traffic areas and keep the volume at a level that allows you to still hear what’s going on around you.

Track your success Feel like you’re not getting anywhere? Try logging every run with an app like MapMyRun, RunKeeper, or Runtastic. You’ll be able to look back and see how far you’ve gone—and how much faster you’ve gotten along the way! Keep track of your routes and see if you can do the neighborhood loop faster next time, or increase your distance by tacking on an extra block or two.

What helped you learn to like running (or any other form of exercising)? Share your tips in the comments! 

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  • Akam Köhler

    Running burned the most calories compareing to other sports… That´s my motivation. I also signed up for a couple of runs in order to stay on track. I won´t embarrass myself when all those people in their mid seventies overtake me!

  • Cloda Rowe

    great piece thank you, I especially liked the try running slowly at first, an important lesson for myself. i have done 2 10k’s now but feel comfortable running about 7.5k max, i do lots of other sports and going out for a 5k run doesn’t take long in the scheme of things and its me time. I started using the NHS couch to 5k… highly recommended, also in the UK look for Parkruns, every Sat morning run by volunteers for all levels and a great atmosphere.

  • Tracy B

    Oh don’t be fooled. Running is probably the worst torture you could purposely do to your body. My knees will never be the same again

    • Levi

      That’s an old wives tale. Your parents decide if you’re going to have arthritis or not you’ll have arthritis — it’s genetic.

      Jogging, or running, itself will not cause the arthritis. If you already have arthritis, and you have bone on bone contact, and no cartilage in your knee, running will make it worse.

      There are many other factors that go into how running can affect your knees such as weight, body structure, shoe selection, and technique – such as going too far too fast too soon.

      There’s absolutely no evidence to the idea that running alone causes osteoarthritis. People who claim that running caused their knee pain often already had had injured knees.

      • Tracy B

        Really Levi, because it started a couple months after I started running. And a year and half later it still persists. I’ve had it checked out… nice try but its not arthritis or and issue with cartilage.

        You want to defend something studies have show is detrimental to the human body… thats up to you. But I refuse to perpetuate the lie

        • I think what Levi is trying to say is that although your issues started after you began running, it probably wasn’t the running that caused them. OK, so it’s not arthritis or a cartilage problem, but it’s likely you had underlying, predisposing issues before you started which were aggravated by running. It’s not for everyone, but running is fantastic for many people – it’s great cardio for the heart, burns calories and gets the feel-good hormones really pumping! Sorry it didn’t work out for you – hope you have found another way to keep fit 🙂

          • Tracy B

            Oh don’t get me wrong I loved running. But the toll it took on my joints wasn’t worth it. I know Levi would have be believe the issue was already present. Or that its genetic… but NO ONE in my family has issues with their joints not even arthritis. Not any of my siblings, not either of my parents, not any of my aunts or uncles or my grandparents. But nice try blaming it everything except the actual cause

          • But if running was the *sole cause* of your issues, surely everyone would have the same issues? But clearly they don’t. Lots of people run miles and miles every week and have no problems. Even if you have no family history of joint problems, there has to be some other reason why running caused you so much pain. Wrong shoes? Poor technique? Muscle weakness? Too much too soon? Not enough rest? All possible reasons.

          • nono

            Just because not everyone develops problems doesn’t mean her problems weren’t caused by running. There are so many reasons why some people aren’t “built” for it. It is interesting to me that people are so adamant about refuting her statement.

          • RichardMahony

            Because she didn’t merely claim that running did not suit her. Read what she actually claimed. She claimed, solely on the basis that her knees started hurting after she had started running, that ‘running is probably the worst torture you could purposely do to your body’. In other words, extrapolating from an association of two possibly unrelated events to a sweeping generalisation that most of the published research in fact refutes.

          • Yes. I’m not saying running doesn’t take its toll on the body, clearly any high impact exercise is going to have an effect on your joints if you do it a lot over time, and some people will suffer worse than others. I just find it hard to believe that running per se was the sole cause of this lady’s “torture” after only a few months. Unless she was running every day without rest, wasn’t stretching properly, had poor form, the wrong shoes, or an underlying issue (etc.).
            Not referring to anyone in particular on this forum, but another reason some people can be so “anti” running and find reasons why they can’t do it, is simply because they find it hard!

          • Stopthemadness

            I agree with you. I have horrible problems with running distance between my knees and my lungs that just seize up – and I don’t have asthma. Not everyone is built to run, I’m certainly not. I’m perfectly happy speed walking.

          • LBCinder

            mine was because of my shoes….I could barely walk after running…my boyfriend got me real running shoes for how i run and the pain is gone, I cant believe it…I thought he was crazy yet I got the right shoes and the pain is gone.

          • angelsrok

            …..AND lots of people do have these issues. I’ve been running since a freshman in HS (75′). I’ve done a dozen Marathons, many halfs, and too many to count 5K’s and 10K’s.
            Running takes it’s toll. This should NOT be refuted. When “one” runs you are putting 5-7 more times your body weight on your knees and lower body (general). Everything in moderation; The key to a longer running/jogging career is cross-training and mixing up the work-out. Better for your mind AND body.

          • Jennifer Blackburn Alderman

            Ok, I get all this. When I started (at 234 lbs) I saw an ortho doc first. He said that the extra 600 lbs of pressure on my knees every time I stood up was far worse than running. Everyone has to weigh their own risk factors. My heart had become my greatest concern and the running definitely got that back under control. 18 months and nearly 100 lbs later I completed my first half marathon. I feel better at 48 than I ever did ain my 20s or 30s. Running saved my life.

        • Joanne Minnett

          Humans were acually made to run. It was for hunting and survival. We just aren’t supposed to use sneakers

      • nono

        Running IS hard on the joints. Period. To say it isn’t is just silly. I never had any hip problems until I started running. My Orthopedist said it was because of running. Prior to this, I had a doctor suggest that I do something other than running because of the wear and tear on your body. It’s really OK for runners to admit that it isn’t for every one.

        • RichardMahony

          Running is certainly harder on the joints than walking, especially if you are overweight and run too fast in crappy shoes on hard surfaces. But the impact of running also strengthens the pelvic and leg bones in ways that walking, swimming and yoga cannot. A single doctor’s opinion counts for nothing. Go to PubMed. Look at the published research. Provided the joints are not already damaged, there is no evidence that running leads to chronic damage of the joints in regular runners.

          • dirtmother

            Yes, you can knacker your body running… but there are lots of ways to protect yourself… doing a sensible beginner programme, using the right technique, never, ever running on consecutive days, getting suitable shoes, avoiding hard surfaces, doing other exercise to support your running ie strength and flexibility exercises, yoga, which reduces injury risk. And the cost-benefit analysis if you have all those things in place looks pretty good – the couch is seriously not an option. Running is free, outdoors and can be done at any time. My 80 year old father is still running, no joint problems at all (but he has avoided road running…)

          • angelsrok

            ………everything in moderation Richard—Their is PLENTY of experience on my end. MY knees!! It’s not a coincidence that runners of all ages, shapes and forms when running have a knee brace, a compression wear etc…etc…..While their are many physical and mental positives, running does (and will) take it’s toll.

      • Steph

        Run with your dog! I have a German shorthaired pointer that has more endurance than I ever will! Not only does he help me set a great pace, but it SERIOUSLY helps with motivation. Turning down those eyes saying “but I NEED to run” feels like animal cruelty…

  • Socal Mom

    I’ve taken up running again, and I love it. I listen to audio books with a Bluetooth earpiece, so it’s also good “reading time.” All good advice here!

  • Bobbie

    I recently run my first 5k it took me 43 minutes but at least I did it. It is probably the worst and best I have ever felt about myself. Who knows maybe Ill run/walk another one and maybe just maybe I can do it in 35 minutes.

    • justsaynotostupid

      Congrats! Keep at it and, yeah, you’ll be under 35 before you know it.

    • Joanna

      Who cares how long it takes. How many people are NOT running at all? Be proud!

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    • Mk

      That’s amazing and that compliment is coming from someone who doesn’t run but would like to start. Congratulations and be proud of your achievement.

    • Brett

      That is the amazing thing about running…you are only competing with yourself! Work on improving your times. I ran cross country with a guy that always finished last in our 5ks, high 20s low 30s. Very slow for high school. He was the heart of our team and still inspires me. Why? Because two years prior he used crutches and braces on his legs. He was the true runner, always giving it all and trying to improve every race. It’s not always the world record speed demons that show the true heart of an athlete.

      • Karen

        Get paid $90 each day for working on-line from your home for couple of h a day… Get paid regularly on a weekly basis… All you need is a computer, internet connection, and a little sparetime…

    • MelanieMamaof5

      Excellent work Bobbie! Don’t worry about your time (says the pot calling the kettle black). Just get out there and enjoy!

    • Key3west

      Instead of beating yourself up…. Be proud of what YOU have achieved … What you do is certainly better than nothing at all!!!! Yippee!!!!!!

    • Bobbie

      Thanks for all the encouraging comments!

    • Mary

      Keep it up!!! I just started running this year at 41 years old and love it. My first 5K on a treadmill took me almost 45 minutes. I am now down to around 31:30 for a 5K out on the road. Be proud of yourself and you are out there trying your heart out, which is better than not trying at all and sitting on a couch.

    • angel

      Congrats on finishing your first 5k. It might not seem like it but it’s a big accomplishment. 🙂 I’m a hardcore runner but I had to start somewhere. I remember when I could only run for 5 minutes and walk 5 minutes. Now my long runs are 20+ plus. It didn’t happen overnight. Keep running and before you know it you’ll be doing 5ks in your sleep. 🙂

    • runningmom

      I remind myself and anyone who will listen that anytime you get off the couch and actually go run you are a winner. My biggest goal is to finish with a smile on my face…

      • Angela Scott Prince

        Congratulations! My first 5K took me 1 hour and 15 mins! keep on keeping on!

    • J

      My last 5k took me 52 minutes. I celebrated crossing the line, why? Because I did it, because I was out there, and I’d shaved 23min off my last 5k. Congrats on a job well done, celebrate!

      • Dkalai

        That is AWESOME! Love your positive attitude!! It was very rough for me as well when I first started and now after coming off an injury and having to start training all over again, I love reading this. You have inspired me to keep going!!

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    • cari

      I got told once…..6 1/2 miles is still 6 1/2 miles walked or ran.. Good for you for going out Bobbie. Im proud of you!

    • Just imagine how many times you lapped the people on the couch!

      • Dkalai

        Perfect response!

    • Bruce S

      I had not done anything in over 30 years, since high school gym. Never did any sports in school, ever. Thanks to my daughter I did my first 5k this year it took us 43 minutes. Afterwords I felt great about my accomplishment. After months of gym time I have only shaved minutes. But every minute off is a victory. I’m still moving and happy for it.

    • Amy

      I started running at 36 and never ran, never had any talent or love at all for exercise. I’m now 41 and just ran a 24:09-minute 5K. But even though I like going fast now, running is about yourself, not comparing yourself to others. By believing in myself and using running for stress-relief, I actually turned into a faster runner than I ever thought possible. Don’t ever feel bad about exercising or taking care of yourself, even if it takes you 2 hrs to run a 5K or even if you can’t do it at all.

    • Juanta Griffin

      GOOD JOB!!

    • Lisa Andrews

      That is fantastic. I’ve just started the couch to 5k and hope it will work for me, a person who has never run before and is obese to the max. I’m on day 5 so far so good. I needed your inspiration!!

      • Younger this year

        Couch to 5K worked for me and I was 56 at the time. Last year, I modified it, couch to 1 mile, and ran with my 7 year old granddaughter. I ran three 1/2 marathons in 2014 and ran 3 miles yesterday in windchill 4 degree weather. Yep, I’ve learned to like running.

      • lynnrnasaurous

        You can do it!!!

      • Karlee Valentine

        I started the C25K and I lost weight like crazy! It’s a really awesome program and it works. Hopefully when you graduate C25K you can try the C210k! Good luck!

      • Tigerlilly1501

        That’s a great place to start, it’s nice to have a goal in front of you to work toward. I ran a 10k a couple weekends ago because my friends wanted to, I haven’t run 6 miles in over a year and I just told myself “worst case scenario, I can WALK 6 miles.” Your body can do all kinds of things, it’s your mind that limits you. Good luck with your couch to 5k journey, stick with it, you’ll do great!

    • Deborah

      Well I just spent the last 43minutes on my iPad. Congrats to you for getting off the couch!

  • MemphisGal

    I really enjoyed reading this. And, I think the author is very wise. I am 40 lbs plus overwt. I just started running. Well, run/walk method. Music has helped me so much…and I was miserable until I slowed down my pace. It is taking me a lot longer than I thought to step up to the next level. I’m not ready for it yet but I can tell now that it doesn’t hurt as much and I do enjoy time to myself. I really want to stick with this. Thanks for these suggestions!

  • Jennipurr14

    I’m still learning to love running…but I love what running does for me! I have just completed RunDouble’s C25K program. I had to repeat Week 3 four times, because I just couldn’t do all of the running. Since I started MFP and C25K, I have lost 21 pounds and 16 inches…that makes it SO worthwhile! 🙂

    • Michele

      I am the same way. I keep starting and stopping. Still on week 2 and should be on week 5 or 6-ha! I just have no stamina. Glad I saw this article and your comment. I am 48 and I’m on MFP too. Comes off VERY slow now.

  • Molly

    I started running on the treadmill at the gym, because it burned calories the fastest, and that was the only reason. Then I signed up for a 5k to benefit the school where I teach. I loved how I felt after that 5k, and decided to run 12 5k races in 2013 as my New Years Resolution. I ended up doing 10 5ks and 2 10ks. I completed my first half marathon in February. Running is a personal challenge, where I only compete against myself to improve. I am stronger, braver and healthier than I have ever been, because of running.

  • Ralph S

    I rather cycle, I can get my heart rate up just as fast and my body doesn’t take the pounding. If I can’t cycle I walk but I find that rather boring and slow.

  • Chelsea

    ok, but what do you do while you run? where is your head at? cuz mine is on all the other things i want or need to get done. my brain is bored to a point of complete agony & no amount of music changes that. even on the treadmill, watching tv, it is so difficult to concentrate enough to distract myself into not stopping to do this real quick or write that note so i remember to do the other thing…i want to burn the calories but it is sooooo boring! i genuinely would like to know, how do you get past that?

    • Rachel Perez

      I was this way, too, and still am sometimes. I’ve determined that it’s all about priorities in my head. When I started setting self-care, to include exercise, as a PRIORITY, then I was able to push all that other stuff to the side in my head. Plus, I realized that exercising gave me more energy and, if you can believe it, more TIME to get other things accomplished. As far as the “boring” part, when I do the other things the author listed (going more slowly, going with a friend), then it’s less boring because it’s not TOO hard to accomplish. I’m still at the walk-a-lot-run-a-little phase, but practice makes progress.

    • Is it boring, or is it just hard? Are you genuinely ‘bored’ by the act of running, or just looking for excuses not to exercise? If running really does bore you and you can’t stand it, find another exercise you do enjoy – how about swimming, or cycling, or dancing? All great cardio! Personally I find running on a treadmill really boring, so I don’t do it. I like to get outside in the fresh air, rain or shine! Outside you can take different routes, you can challenge yourself with hills, explore your town and the countryside, try different terrain….Running outside is harder than running on a treadmill, but I find it so much nicer and so much more satisfying than feeling like a hamster in a wheel! Have you tried running with other people? Having someone to talk to definitely helps!! There are bound to be other runners near you – why not check out a local running club or see if you have a parkrun near you?

    • lala7625

      That’s why I ditched my treadmill and took it outside. When I’m on the treadmill, I can see the laptop, the laundry and the dust bunnies and makes my run very stressful. By running outside (with music, it’s a MUST), I’ve taken all the visual “Hey! You outta be…” items out of sight and replaced them with a beautiful tree-lined street that always has other runners on it. They give me inspiration (that one day *I’ll* be that fast too!) and, it makes me feel like I’m part of a little cool club, cuz hey, I’M RUNNING! (Until 3 months ago, I used to HATE HATE HATE it. For real.)

  • Tracy Nicholson

    I’m doing race for life for first third time and wanted to run this year. By following a training plan my confidence and pace has gradually improved. Really got into running and really enjoy it. Keeps me fit, works me hard and hopefully helps with my weight loss. xx

  • joho70

    Thanks for this article. Simple, straightforward advice. I want to run but I just can’t do it on the road. I can run on the treadmill because it makes you run! I’ve actually had to stop running at all because I have trouble with my hip recently and I’m wishing I could get back to it!

  • Annie Chajin

    I started to run 5k thanks to my sister, i usually walk or speed walk 10k. Recently did a 5k in 30 minutes. She motivated me to do something different because I hadnt ran in years since I was in college. Ive lost some wieght it helps but now I enjoy it. Music is great but without I have learned to get out of my comfort zone. Being in the tropics (republic of Panama) one can enjoy almost all year long the parks or whatever one chooses for the workout. And each day I feel better with myself and trying new things such as biking on my beach cruiser, stand up paddle, and other activities. I dont really care about my pace the most important thing is to get out of your bed and do what makes you happy and enjoy it.

    You are arquitect of your body, mind, and soul. Life is to short and enjoy the ride while it lasts.

  • astralweeks82

    Great article. It took me a LONG time to truly enjoy running. I did almost exclusive treadmill miles for a full year before I moved it to outdoors (after my second 5K when I suddenly realized, as I’d lost a lot of weight between the 1st and 2nd race, it didn’t suck anymore). Training for my first 10K now and hope to do a half marathon sometime within a year.

    • Rockingwhatigot

      That is awesome astralweek82. Looking forward to running my first 5K this summer. I’m not the fastest but hey “I run” lol

    • Crys

      Thanks for sharing I just started running and just found this page. I can only run a mile and a lap straight at 5 mph. And also strictly treadmill. Your story is motivating I was so proud of myself but I have a long ways to go still. It’s reads like these that keep me motivated 🙂

  • Lynda Bilton Jones

    I was never much of a runner when I was younger in fact I hating running.
    I needed to lose some weight and get in shape so I started running and it help me reach my goal weight.
    I also joined a gym called OTF and it has taken me to another level Weights, Rowing, and Cardio.
    I never thought in a million years I would take on a challenge of running a 5k.
    I decided to give it a shot and I ran the 5k Moon In June in Burlington Ontario.
    I completed the 5k run in 27:28 min.
    My pace/k 5:46
    Gender Place114
    Class Age Place 50+ 8/28
    Total of 795 entrants I placed 287 over all.
    I am now prepping for another 5k run in July of this year and another later this year.
    I know that if you put your mind to it anything is so possible.
    I can not believe how far I have come in such a short time and there is better things to still come believe in yourself and you can achieve anything.

    • Michele

      Love this!

      • Lynda Bilton Jones

        thank-you Michele

    • Bobbie

      Awesome! Can’t wait till I get to this point in my getting healthy journey.

      • Lynda Bilton Jones

        Bobbie one day at a time and you will get there.

  • Cristina Elena

    Running can turn out to be exhausting sometimes, that is my personal „weapon” against the fatigue or general laziness, my thoughts. The thought that I’ll be feeling great after the run, that I’ll get rid of all the toxins, and my body will actually thank me, helps me put my shoes on and get out of the door!

  • Melissa Pritchett

    I tried running but I literally break out in hives about fifteen min in. My skin heats up and it is pure agony! The only way I can exercise is in a/c with a rest to cool down before the hives kick in. Anyone have any ideas?

    • brittrae722

      I have a similar problem in that when I get overheated or cold really quickly I break out in hives. If I pushed too hard, I would also get sick to my stomach. It is incredibly frustrating, but I saw a dermatologist who suggested I take Zyrtec in the morning and Tagamet in the evening. Something about the combination really helps reduce (I will still break-out a little bit) the hives and address any queasiness. For me, being overweight contributes to the problem but working out was miserable. So, I started running in the spring when the temperature was slightly cool to ease myself into running (or doing intervals). Then, when the heat started climbing outside, I took my runs into the gym. Hope this helps!

    • Marmaleenie

      Sounds like heat rash..

  • Jemma

    Two words: Zombies, Run! I honestly couldn’t get myself to stick at running until I downloaded this app. For some reason it’s easier to stick at it when you have a little voice in your ear telling you that there are hordes of undead monsters after you 😉

    • Angie

      LOL, that’s funny, but I think it would work for me. Sometimes when I’m running I try to imagine that I am running towards home before it gets dark. I bet if I throw some zombies in the mix I will find my inner strength.

      • LGMich

        Zombies and a pack of slathering Chihuahuas . . . 🙂
        Before the hate mail starts, I have no problem with any breed of dog. Love ’em all.

      • Rach

        Run with ‘Scorpio’s Theme’ from Dirty Harry on your mp3 and various horror film scores. Gets the heart rate up, speed up AND makes you feel like a movie star!

    • Marmaleenie

      I LOVE Zombies Run!! I’m doing their C25K app first, and I’m sure I wouldn’t have made it to week four without it!

    • SarahJay55

      That sounds brilliant – that might actually work for me!

  • Pezski

    I always hated running when I was at school and avoided it as much as possible. I stayed fairly fit through cycling and hiking, but that fell by the wayside a bit in my thirties. I started running a little over two years ago, at 41 and was surprised how quickly I took to it. It’s really come together this year; I ran my first half marathon back in April, run 30+ km most weeks and my speed and endurance are getting better all the time. I’ll have the occasional slack week if I’m run down or not sleeping, but I don’t beat myself up about it, which I think is also important.

    I have a dog and one of the things that helped make me a regular runner was getting home from work and thinking “well, I need to take the dog out anyway so I may as well run as walk” and it soon became second nature. I do a mix of pavement and trail running, sometimes listening to podcasts or audiobooks.

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  • Drama Lori

    I was born with an affliction called No Endorphins – i hate every agonizing minute of every kind of exercise but I especially hate to run BUT I love what exercise and running do for my body so my solution – Get a Dog!!! They do not care that you are a little tired. They do not care that it’s raining/snowing/hot/early/late they just love that run and no running buddy in the world can guilt you like your dog. I now run with 4 dogs and at being a 52 year old Gramma I’m doing okay p.s. I am NOT breaking any land speed records but that my friends does not matter. It’s getting the heartrate up that matters.

    • Lasaundra Watson

      At last an explanation of my disease, absolute Endorphin deficiency. I hate exercise in all it’s many forms. It’s my trainer that keeps me motivated and moving but in truth, I’m a closet couch potato.

    • Rita

      @dramalori:disqus This post hit home for me. You may be my lifeline to start this process. I was also wondering if at 51 it’s a good idea for me to start running. I absolutely hate exercise, I know I sound so lame. I need to drop the weight too, of course; I want that magic pill. I’m not shy of hard work, but exercise just trips me. Thank you for your inspiration.

      • Lynm

        I started at 45 it’s time running period – never athletic – c25k couples through – still slow but who cares! Actually,this year I am doing sprint triathlon in September – I believe it is never too late

      • lassemista

        I started running last year at 53 (and 12.5 stone) – this afternoon I am doing my first 10k (10.5 stone). I still wouldn’t say I love it – that’s why I was reading the article :-). I run with my dogs as well.

      • runitoff

        I started running 3 yrs ago age 48. My first few runs were no more than hundred metres, then double up out of breath. stuck at it 3 times a week , after a year i was abe to run 10k without stopping. Now run at least two 10ks a week anout 50 mins. along the way lost 32 lbs weight and dropped 5 ins off weight. Keep running!

        • Newbie runner 40+

          @runitoff thank you! I’ve always wanted to become an avid runner but would become discouraged when I couldn’t run a mile before wanting to stop. I ran my 1st 5k 4 years ago and finished within 34 mins. I felt horrible at my time and never tried again. I’m now 45 and decided I’m going to do it again and stick to it. My goal is to work up to a 10k within a year. Your story put a smile on my face…

      • Gayesy

        I started running mid 50’s! I am now 64 and still running. It’s never too late, just take it easy and walk when you need to! Anything is possible!!

      • J

        My Dad started running in his late forties. Could get very far at first. Now he’s doing almost six miles every day and looks great. He lost his spare tire, dropped his blood pressure, and was able to stop taking several medications. You can do it!

        • J

          Couldn’t get very far at first. Sorry

      • subtleXplosion

        It absolutely is a good decision! The best you can make! I’m a nurse and I’ve been asking healthy 70+ year olds their secret to health while someone 20 years younger is on their deathbed in the next room.

        The answer is always exercise.

        Sometimes, the only exercise they get is a short walk after dinner, but they do it consistently. Their bodies thank them for it! Any age is a good age to start.

      • Soozy

        I started running a year ago at age 55!!! I’ve done several 5k races and the dirty dash, which is a 5k run with obstacles in the mud!! Now I’m training for a 10k and a half marathon in yellowstone national park in June 2015! I have horrible allergies ( I get 3 shots every other week) and sometimes suffer from allergy induced asthma! I competed my 5k in 27 minutes!! Don’t give up and keep running!! Having a running partner really helps with motivation. Good luck!! Always push just a little farther.

      • Marie

        I am 54 and just started tuning about 6 months ago. I never thought I’d ever run. I love it. Gives me such a sense of accomplishment and helps my arthritis. I plan to do a 5k soon..

      • Colson

        I am a 54 year old grandma and started “running” or rather slow jogging about 2 months ago. I’ve never been a runner, preferring power walking. I have a bad knee but a support brace helps. I still hate every minute of it but I’m elated when im done. I run at a track and have gone from “run 1 lap, walk 2 laps” to running the whole thing. If I can do it, anyone can.

      • Kiwi Lou

        Hi Drama Lori
        I too was never a runner, hated being breathless and feeling embarrassed about looking stupid in public. My solution was to hit the trails, running off road tracks. My approach was to enjoy every moment so if I needed to walk, I walked and when I felt great I ran, enjoying the scenery and fresh air. I went from being a non runner to running a 51km off road ultra marathon. No speed records, just the enjoyment of the adventure and seizing the moment. Just go for it. Good luck to you. You’re never ever too old to live.

      • dfhr

        I have always hated running; could never even complete a quarter mile jog. At age 51, only because a friend goaded me into it, I joined a gym to lose weight and feel better, both physically and mentally. At age 54 I jogged my first mile ever. On my 55th birthday, I ran my first 5k finishing in 38 minutes. I ran my first 10K when I was 56. I turn 58 this year and my goal is a half marathon. I want that 13.1 sticker on my car window! I tell you this not to brag but to say, presuming you have no physical or health issues that prohibit high impact exercise, it is never too late to start running. Beating that I can’t run attitude and changing it to I am a runner is such an exhilarating feeling. Exercise highs are the best. Go, girl. You can do it.

      • Ron

        Start by walking. Walk 1 mile every day for a week. Then 1-1/2 miles every day for a week. Etc. until you are walking 3 miles in 1 hour. Try race-walking so that you can increase your pace without pounding your knees. Do not bounce when jogging … Particularly if you are over weight … Try to be smooth and even with your running style … Alternate running and walking … Mostly walking at first … Then as your aerobic capacity increases, slowly increase the percentage of running until eventually you can run (or race walk) the whole 3 miles. Good luck. PS. If you feel pain cut back and build back up slowly.

    • learningtoloveit!

      That’s awesome. I’m inspired.

    • Althasaur

      Well done, I am starting to run with my Labradors, but they are the opposite in energy levels, one will pull and the other will drag.
      🙁
      I am getting better though. Signed up for Spartan Sprint in October for a goal.

      • Milan

        Run with speedy in the morning and walk the dragster at night. 🙂

    • Faye Jashyn

      You look great and look happy having fun with the dogs. I am only 46 and hope continue running into my 50’s and longer.

    • 3DHB

      Hmmm…I saw the article title and decided to read it…I’m noticing that most of the posts are by women. I’m a man, 51 years old, 1 year post back surgery, and getting ready for a 4th of July 5K (with my daughter). Rita, You are not too old! go for it, and enjoy the fact that you can! I’ve been running on the road (vs elliptical) for about 3 weeks, i’m at 2.5 miles without stopping, 1/4 mile walk, and then I finish up the 5K…by the 4th, ill finish without a stop. Im glad at 50+ we can be out there running (jogging for me)…I hope you start the process…and I think its a process…always improving. Anyways, I feel great (the first week I was pretty sore) and even feel like I have a little more energy!

    • Running with my Best Friend

      Love this reply. I am 53 years old and ran for years but after I lost my dog and my father in the same year and then an running injury I got out of the running habit for over 2 years. My young puppy (large breed) was too young to start running but this year he is old enough and we started back doing a run/walk to get both of us running. I love every minute running with him. The best running buddy ever. You are right, he doesn’t care how fast or slow I go. He doesn’t care where I go and he doesn’t complain about his bad day at work or his significant other. He’s just loving being outdoors running with me. On bad weather days he lies beside my treadmill to keep me company. I’m running a lot slower and leg hurts some days but me and my buddy are loving the outdoors. It’s a great way to get exercise for you and your dog and develop a strong bond with your best friend.

    • Loriann

      Would love to hear more about your running with four dogs….are they on a lead….in the country??

  • stschultz

    I would love to like running but every time I try I end up with shin splints. Any suggestions for stretches to prevent shin pain?

    • lala7625

      I used to have the same thing happen to me and I was so frustrated. In running class, they suggested I start off with a much slower pace than what I was attempting. It did help a little but not enough to make it bearable so I quit running. Recently, after walking 4-5 miles everyday at a pretty quick pace, I decided to try it again, this time following a C5k app. It’s been 3 months and I haven’t had a single shin issue and I’m running MUCH faster than I ever did in that run class.

      I don’t know what the difference is (I’m 3 years older than when I took the class), the only thing I can possibly relate it to is all the walking I was doing and still do, even before I run. I must have been strengthening my shins to the point where it’s no longer an issue.

    • Marmaleenie

      Start VERY slowly, and (in my case) I had to purchase some pretty pricey Nike’s that fit with my walking style and arch.

  • Jilly M

    I have run off and on (mostly on) since I was 18, and I am 56 now. I find it helpful to have a dog as a running companion. They are non-judgmental and always enthusiastic. Use a leash that gives them space, but keeps them close. Be sure to watch the heat and to carry water with a flip-open attached dish. If possible, run where your dog can be off hot pavement, too. It’s great for both of you.

  • ChiRunner

    ChiRunning is the best thing…I went from hating running to loving and achieving goals I never thought possible! Check it out!

    • Rita

      Thank you for this suggestion. The site looks pretty interesting.

  • Michael Smith

    I grew up big, and got to 450 lbs. As I started driving myself to lose weight I found my joy of running. I couldn’t really run from grade school on, so it’s a HUGE pleasure, always makes the day better

  • dayna

    I used to HATE Running. Now when I take a break from it my body craves it. I’ve been running off and on for 7 years now. I LOVE it. I love the way I feel after a great run. For me it was about getting out of my head. Music is a nessesity. It’s also my me time. The only time I have quiet moments with God and nature. Figure out your breathing, set small goals to push yourself each time just a little harder, and stay out of your head. I run like crazy at the end just because I know I can push harder. I also tell myself when I need to slow down that as long as I’m running it doesn’t matter how fast it matters that I’m still running.

  • JAN

    Hi, When I take my jog I dont want to have an I pod. I listen to the birds, look for baby bunnies, smell the woody or rainfall or sweet air. I wonder about who lives in the houses I run past, pray for all that I am grateful for, or pray for my family. Sometimes I whisper whistle a hymn or favorite rock tune. Being in the moment with nature, prayer, and positive thoughts helps me get to the end

    • Regina

      Me, too!!

  • Rhonda

    I started running a few years ago and just finished my first 2 10ks this spring. I can’t run without music but hated not being able to hear stuff around me. My husband bought me some Bose headphones that let sound in! I can hear the music and still hear cars and other people. Being able to hear is just as important as being seen.

  • RichardMahony

    Some runners like running slowly. Others hate it. I find long slow runs soul destroying. So depressing that often I slowly grind to a halt and think, ‘why on earth am I wasting my time doing this when I should be cutting the grass or I could be reading a book’?

    Distance junkies rhapsodise about endorphins. Meh. I much prefer the adrenaline that comes from running fast, really fast, especially downhill on a steep, sandy, uneven track where every nerve and sinew is straining. I also like to run fast on the beach, into the wind and the rain, barefooted and wearing nothing but a pair of shorts for modesty’s sake.

    For me, to run fast and far is the goal. This requires a level of fitness that, when things are going well, motivates me like nothing else can to run still further and faster. Remember how you used to run when you were a kid? Carefree and joyously, exhilarated by the exhuberance we had when we were young? Most adult runners don’t run – they plod. We need to learn to run again as children do.

    • angelsrok

      Easier said than done my friend. Get off the macho C___P and realize a brisk walk, run-walk, jog (or “plod”) or a sprint (like what you do) is up to the individual.

  • Marmaleenie

    I run SO slow that it would probably be faster for me to walk, but no matter how slow, I definitely cannot speak in full sentences, am I the only one?

  • sonia cook

    I really want to learn to run I way 252 and it makes me so tierd to walk two and half blocks what should I do.

  • Emily D

    I get shin splints almost instantly. Given..I’m not a runner and I’m just trying to get a steady workout routine in each day..but as soon as I begin to jog with in a few minutes my shins are aching so bad. I’ve gotten new running shoes and read reviews about them before hand bc I’ve had this problem for so long. I want to run, but dang! My poor shins! Any advice for a beginner?

    • Ozzie65

      I’ve had this problem. Get fitted for a good pair of shoes at a running specialty store (not Sports Authority). As important, warm up well prior to running and take your time to stretch well afterwards. Good luck!

  • DarrenSurrey on MFP

    Seems a bit of a daft article. You don’t have to run to get fit/lose weight. I’ve changed my physique and only run a total of about 9 minutes in the last 2 years (to experiment with barefoot running). There are plenty of infinitely more enjoyable ways to burn calories – activities that you don’t even have to put “fun” in front of to sell them.

    • dirtmother

      If you’ve only tried running for 9 minutes in 2 years you probably have no idea…. but it is certainly true that there are other routes to exercise. Running is more accessible than many of those routes… and for many people it is very enjoyable. What a pity to put people off.

  • Steph

    Run with your dog! I have a German shorthaired pointer that has more endurance than I ever will! Not only does he help me set a great pace, but it SERIOUSLY helps with motivation. Turning down those eyes saying “but I NEED to run” feels like animal cruelty…
    (Sorry Levi, didn’t mean for it to be a reply)

  • Emm

    That was exactly what I needed to hear right now as I am trying to get back into running. I need to work on my relationship with running, and stop thinking about how slow I’ve become. I used to love it- your words will help me love it on e again.

  • Janet West

    I loved running and soccer when I was in high school, so in my 40’s I’ve reconnected to find that love again. Music and game apps such as Zombies Run also help.

  • couchpotatoe

    Im 44 years old, 5’4″, and 185lbs. Ive gained this extra weight while being a couch potato for four years when studying for my RN. I want to run as I saw one of my instructors transform from one semester to the next by running. I was envious to say the least. However, in the back of my mind all I can think about is my knee and ankle joints deteriorating as they pound against the pavement while running. Maybe you can educate me a little more on this thought and get me in some new running shoes and on my way back to a slender, more healthy body. Thanks in advance.

  • Mark Kirkland

    The runners who I respect the most are those who get out there the 2nd time, and then the 3rd, and then the 4th time…. To see them still going, when the pain of learning to run is at it’s most challenging. To get to the point where you are actually seeing the benefit of your running is one of the most gratifying experiences you’ll have.. From that point forward you’ll start to see a change in who you are.

  • Mark Kirkland

    The runners who I respect the most are those who get out there the 2nd time, and then the 3rd, and then the 4th time…. To see them still going, when the pain of learning to run is at it’s most challenging. To get to the point where you are actually seeing the benefit of your running is one of the most gratifying experiences you’ll have.. From that point forward you’ll start to see a change in who you are.

  • Guest

    The runners who I respect the most are those who get out there the 2nd time, and then the 3rd, and then the 4th time… Who keep at it, no matter how slow or painful it is. To see them still going, when the pain of learning to run is at it’s most challenging, is the precursor to that point in time when they will realize the benefit of it all, the gratifying moment when they say to themselves “holy shit, I’ve changed?!”. From that point forward they will become a different person. They will know that things can change.

  • MelanieMamaof5

    As a Mama of 5 kids I use running either as a time to get out with a friend or to simply be by myself and enjoy being out in nature (and the quiet). Occassionally I will take along some good ol’ tunes but for the most part I spend the time thinking (clearly, I might add), praying, and just being.

  • I still don’t like running. But tactics like these at least get me motivated to get it done anyway.

  • Denise Bryant-Szymanski

    I am 50 years old and would live to start running but I’m not sure it’s a good idea. I use to run in high school 30 some yrs. ago and enjoyed it then. I am 50 lbs. over weight and I just think it would be very good for me. What do you guys think? I could do run a little, walk a little and see how that goes?

    • Lisa H

      I have a similar story. 50 yrs and want to drop at least 50 lbs. But I seem to keep making excuses.

  • Zoe

    Drama Lori and Rita have inspired me to start running again..even though I’m 4stone heavier..I’m going to conquer my weight this year..even though I’m 58 and had the worst year ever..

    • Lisa H

      Yay for you, Zoe! I keep talking myself out of running because of my hip, knee, and foot pain. But I want to tackle my weight! I just turned 50 and need to drop at least 50 lbs. It’s been a stressful year and I stress-eat. I wish you the best! I am in your corner!!!!

  • Lizi Johnson

    This is great! Im already doing alot of what the artical says….im learning to love running. Never thot i would say it but i do! 4 miles a day is what i am at right now!

  • Lori

    When I started running in 2009 I learned that running was my “Me time”. A time to work through things or to just not think at all. It is a time for me to be closer to my grandmother who passed 14 years ago. It also helped me loose 65 pounds that I gained during a period of deep depression after her death. I truly believe running saved my life. I do not run fast, in fact I call myself the trutle. Turtle Power is my motto and I find myself getting antsy if I don’t get to run. It keeps me balanced and happy. In 2011 I joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training. Since then I have raised over $20,000 for cancer research, met so many amazing children and adults, made wonderful friends who share my passion, and taught many to love running as much as I do. Every time I cross the finish line no matter if it is a 5K or a marathon, I get emotional. I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride!

  • snuggie52

    I used to run years ago, but stopped, gained weight, and am now almost 62. I thinking about starting up again. Are there any of you out there that thinks maybe it’s too late?

  • Ju

    The thing that helped me the most was learning to control my breathing: once I was pulling in nice long slow breaths, not gasping like a fish on dry land, I really started to enjoy it. All it takes is a bit of self awareness and thinking as you run. And now I really love it – my legs get twitchy if I don’t go out!

  • Steve Price

    Really relate to this. Two years ago I was here on holiday in Majorca and did my first ‘run’. I managed one kilometre and struggled. Two years later I’m running 12km easily(ish) ;). I am a little too pre-occupied with my time at the moment as I’m training for various events but anyone doing anything should be proud. It’s not easy but I really related to lots in the article; small challenges, pace… Although I now run with no music (headphones annoy me now), I like to hear the surroundings and listen to my pace and breathing and I so far prefer to run alone. Great for head space. For thinking clearly or at least I feel clear headed after a run. Anyway doesn’t matter about your 5k time Bobbie – it’s all about being motivated!

  • Stephen

    This is a VERY valuable article because MOST people who could benefit from running are intimadated by it. Race time is almost unimportant to running benefits. The important thing is to run.

  • Myris

    I started running at the age if 50 and have been doing so ever since. I began by running between lamp posts and graduated upwards. I like running in the gym and agree that music is the best motivator. My health is very good and I attribute this to my healthy lifestyle.

  • Jock’s Mum

    Hi everyone
    I have just started to learn how to run and I turned 60 last year – I did my first Park Run 5klms and probably walked most of he way …now I can do the same ourselves in 31mins . I have had a few setbacks but now getting back not the swing – I also love what running can do to improve my fitness and reduce my weight!

    Keep up the good work – consistency i have ound s the key!

  • Tri Gurl

    When I started running one of the hardest obstacles I had was the breathing. I read an article that made a huge difference. Not only did my breathing get easier it also calmed me down and got me in the zone. I have passed this tip onto many people over the years. For every 2 steps breathe in then 2 steps breathe out. As you increase your speed you are increase your steps and naturally your rate of breathing increases. The two need to be inunison so if you are struggling to keep the 2 steps in 2 steps out slow your steps so your breathing is synced……2 in 2 out 2 in 2 out…..

  • Shelli

    I am 50 and just started running-not really sure you can call it “actual” running. Using the Zombies to 5K program and it keeps my run entertained. I am only on Day 3 – but hoping to stick it out. I have never been a runner, and my weight is certainly a hindrance. Planning on signing up For the Disney Princess 5K to keep the motivation rolling!

  • Colleen Faler

    I’ve never been a runner. Ever. It’s definitely something I’d like to at least give a serious try to and possibly do a charity run——-again, just to say I gave it a try.

  • ADDgirl

    I did the above. I’ve done a c25k and loved it up to week 7. It took forever, I had to repeat weeks, and it was hard as all get out at first (and sometimes in the middle too, but I was motivated). But I got to the mostly run sessions and was bored.out.of.my.mind. Tips to keep going?

  • GBella

    I would love to get into running and I’ve even tried a few times. Since I have COPD, I tend to run with my mouth open which causes dry mouth but I was able to get around that by squirting some water every so often. My real issue now is shin splints. A friend told me it eventually goes away but I’m still waiting for that to happen.

  • Virginia Crom

    Is it inevitable that runners will suffer knee damage? If so, how can it be good? Walking is a better long term choice.

  • Skell

    I am 69 years young (turning 70 in November) and every day I picture myself running. I walk two miles 5x a week and would like to add running as I need to lose 20 pounds. I have a friend who turns 69 next week who started running four years ago and has completed a few half marathons. He’s slow, but he finishes! The one thing that holds me back is that he hasn’t lost a pound with all the work he does. I want to see results! Ahhhhh!

  • Susie Q

    Great article! it makes me want to start running today.

  • jen

    I jog and walk. I jog down the hills and walk up the hills. If it’s flat (or close to flat) I base it on where my heart rate is–high, low, just right, and how I feel. That’s the other thing–I’m very motivated by gadgets, and I love my Garmin heart rate monitor that tells me my speed, calories burned, heart rate, etc. Then I plug it into my computer and I can track my progress.

  • Yvonne

    I am 66 and just started running last week with a running group. only doing walk/jog right now but aiming for 5k run at end of September.

  • bagladyok

    I am 60 years old and never did anything even remotely athletic. During my birthmonth I began crossfit and recently I have begun running- or trying to. I have done 3 5ks do far and my times are deplorable but I started and finished each one. I am still walking as far as I run in most of them but that’s okay, too. Remember if dB you are out there doing anything to improve your fitness level you are outdoing a lot of people and you are likely being an inspiration to someone else. I am inspired and encouraged by all of you.

  • Lisa H

    Did anyone around age 50 have knee, hip or foot problems before they started? I have talked my self out of running because of my knee pain and plantar fasciitis (which I know are exacerbated by my weight). Not to mention, I am embarrassed to be seen running.

    • angelsrok

      1st step would be to lose weight—running will add 5-7 time more body weight and pressure on the knees and lower body in general. Diet and exercise are the keys to losing weight, NOT one OR the other.
      2nd step would be to pick up or subscribe to Runners World/Running Times magazines—GREAT helpful hints/suggestions for runners or want to be runners of all types.
      3rd would be get a treadmill and start running/run-walking at different paces in the comfort and privacy of your own home or join a gym that has treadmills. You wont be the only person overweight working out on a treadmill—Guaranteed.
      4th, if you have a high school or college track near you this would give you more privacy (generally).
      Lastly, make sure you’re running shoes are professionally sized up for your type of needs at this time. A properly fit running shoe makes a huge difference!

  • Senora Kitty

    My support comes from the young trim women in the Body pump class. They’ve adopted the middle age fatty and celebrated every push up, tricep dip, and half a mile with 5 stops. Share your goal and the cheerleaders will carry you on those doubt days.

  • Morgan

    I agree with it all except the headphones, unplug yourself from everything and just enjoy the run. I have found that since I stopped listening to music while running I have been able to be more focused and enjoy the run more than before.

  • Jo

    I have jumped on and fallen off my running routine so many times in life, right now I’m struggling to run 2 miles again and it’s frustrating but at least I know I’ll get there some day at my own pace. One thing I discovered really helps is keeping my hands loose and strangely my face too, not tightening up when the going gets rough is really key for me and sometimes when the going gets really rough and I want to push a little farther but feel like I can’t, I tune out of the fatigue and envision that someone needs my help and I’m running to get to them so I can help them, I know that sounds weird but positive visualizations are a really helpful thing! I swear!

  • John W Halkias

    When I was college age, I used to run the equivalent of a 10K all the time with no problem. Fast forward 30 years, and after losing 76 pounds with MFP, I am now in week 3 of a C25K program. I have to admit that I really enjoy that “hunger” of wanting to run every day again. We are on a cruise in about a month, and I want to run the 5K on the private island with some friends. I am really hoping that at some point I can try some 5K races and then work myself up to 10K. I also hope that the running will push me to the next level to lose about 25 more pounds.

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  • sue mason

    I have been running for 40 years now. Only do small runs 3-4 miles and the occasional 10 and 21k. As they call them now. Still enjoy it as I can think and get my head around problems. I’m 67 years old Love it.

  • mary

    I would love to run, but have that leaky bladder problem (TMI) any solutions?

  • Running4health

    I just turned 50 and started running. I feel slow and stiff, and am taking many walk breaks. I wish I had started when younger. It’s challenging but I do love the feeling of overall warmth and fulfillment when I’m done.
    Any tips for over the hill beginner runners?

  • Bella Quiche’

    This is so helpful. I am part of a running group but do not want to hold them up so I do the individual challenges. I am working on this so that I can join in more. Thanks again for this.

  • Swede

    I’m doing my first 5k in July. On my 4th week training with a couch to 5k app, going better then I ever though.

  • Suzy Q

    This year I did my first triathlon. I trained for almost a year. I was never a runner nor a swimmer , my goal was to start and to finish and I did. It was a 500 m swim, 15 km bike and a 5 km run. Im 48 years old and I can honestly say I am an athlete. this Sat I will be running my first 5 km run and I am excited.

  • Bre

    My weakeness in running are the aches. It becomes discouraging!

    • Lynda Bilton Jones

      Bre you need to do some stretching before and after your runs.
      It might be also the shoes you are wearing

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  • Love this blog post, and I am someone who also HATES running. I remember reading this article when preparing for my first half marathon. These tips helped me along the way and even got me through the dreadful “past 10 mile” mark. Thanks for sharing this Kimberly!

  • renee

    I have a love hate relationship with running. Getting up and going is tough but I feel so good when I’m done. I have done a dozen or so 5k’s…I am now training to do my first half marathon…a little nervous 🙂

  • Eban

    I Use to be a couch potato, then I purchase a mountain bike for very light exercise. One day one of my good friends wanted to go for a bike ride.. so I said yes, She had a road bike and I was impress on how the much faster she was able to cycle. after a few months I purchase a road bike and I have met some of the greatest people through cycling. I started enjoin cycling more and more. One day one of my cycling friends ask me to do a 5k with her, I accepted the invitation and I started training slowly.. I have some respiratory problems so I was a bit skeptical, but It all went well. after that 5k I started running more and more.. I have run a few 1/2 marathons and I am just starting to train for my 1st full marathon.. (I had to deffer last year from the race because of a small injury on my knee) but I am hoping to finish the marathon then move on to triathlons. for me the 1st mile its the hardest, you have to get your breathing routine going then get warm up.. after that It feels great.. specially in a cold morning running along a trail with lots of trees… all you can hear is the music pumping and you stomping the ground ..

  • Jocee

    I started using the C2 5K (couch to 5K) app and although I’m really slow, I always feel really great afterwards. I hope to run my first 5K next year.

  • kat

    I’ve been running (jogging) for about 4 months. I started following the couch to 5k, which has allowed me to build up slowly, and also given me time to learn about technique and injury in the early stages before I start running long distances. I love it, I can now run 5k at a steady pace and I concentrate of form and technique. I love it because it gives me time to look around and appreciate how amazing the world is. I love the feeling after a good run out. I read articles on running, technique and injuries and how to treat/prevent injury. For those saying that running wont be the sole cause of an injury, I think that the number of articles on the subject seems to suggest that that is wrong, it clearly has an impact, how much depends on whether you take sensible steps to protect yourself from injury or whether you ignore all the advice. However that said, for me the benefits have far outweighed the risks of injury. I love it, I feel great (afterwards), my fitness has rapidly improved, my weight loss has rapidly accelerated, I can do it wherever I am in the world, I have met new friends as a direct result, my mood is much better. Anyone thinking of starting to run, id say give it a go, build up slowly, follow a sensible plan and learn about running properly. Its fab x

  • Dave Gee

    Some of that may have helped me dislike running less.
    None of it made me like running sadly. Hasn’t stopped me doing a lot of it for periods as it’s very ‘accessible’ and gets the dog some exercise too.

  • Joanie Clark

    I am 63 and I just lost 27 lbs. I now want to learn how to run. Am I too old?

    • Lynda Bilton Jones

      you are never too old to start running Joanie

  • FleetFeet

    I’m not a born runner. I was obese, early 30’s, on heart medication, and hating life. I finally hit rock bottom and was fed up. Through healthy diet and exercise, including running, I shed 90 lbs. I have since completed 4 half marathons, and although I am not fast by any means, and never will be, there’s something about lacing up my runners, blaring my music, and being totally alone with myself that makes the stresses of the melt away with the sweat. Running changed my life. I hope this article motivates people who are obese, overweight, intimidated, lost, fed up, etc. to lace up their shoes and take that first hard step out the door. You CAN do this!

  • Dan

    Got bitten by the bug a few months ago. Found a local running group with a bunch of different speed groups, and lots of lovely people. All the way from 5mph run/walk to 7 minute racing snakes. All it takes is a decent pair of running shoes, and all are equally awesome. We get just a big a cheer for stumbling in after a 40m 5k as for sprinting in for a 15m time. Sartre wuz wrong! Other people is awesome.

  • Marleen

    I lost 100 pounds since December 5th and now I run 1 hour 5 to 6 days week. I’m shooting for a 5 K in the next month or so. I started out walking and I never dreamed I’d run again! I guess I’m addicted to running:-)

    • Lynda Bilton Jones

      Marleen that is awesome to see that you have lost 100 lbs.
      Running is so addicting you go girl 5k is a great goal to shoot for.

  • Lynda Bilton Jones

    Now that I got three runs under my belt one 5k and two 10ks I am now gearing up to do another 10k run August the 24 2014

  • Nicole Gemme

    I thought getting a dog would help me get out & walk/run more. I actually prefer going out without him. I joke that I do not run unless someone is chasing me with a big sharp knife. Even then, I don’t think i could get away from anybody even moderately determined. I have to just start WALKING again. I just rejoined MFP today, here we go!

  • G-runner

    Hi, I most oftenly agree with your opinion above. But for me is running on my own a no go! I founded a running group named “jog and chat”, and that was key for our long term experience. You really forget about the pain during an interesting conversation with perhaps even more interesting people. Our group counts now about 10 people, mostly we run in pair but swap partners each section (about 5k). We run about 10k each Sunday morning and that now for over 18 years and I hope we’ll continue at least for the next 20…

    Gerhard from Germany

  • Kathleen Hazelton

    Two years ago at age 45 I joined the beginner’s running club at the Y and could barely run one minute without stopping. I was 200 lbs, n perimenopause and full of aches and pains -My first 5K was 36:00- now I am training for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington in October, lost 50 lbs and look forward to my long runs. I don’t feel warmed up now until 5 miles into a run- the best part is the friends I’ve made!

  • ellie

    I’ve been a life-long runner who still loves it; I’ve had to adapt recently due to a back injury, so I am a “beginner” again. I find that running constantly encourages me, challenges me, and helps me be the healthiest I can be. And I am learning to cross-train, which also helps me improve as a runner. Love it!

  • Larry Jacobs

    I soo needed to read all your great comments. I am 42 and down 37lbs in 48 days. I told myself if I got down to 350 I would try a 5K well this Saturday I’m doing a 4K fun run/walk not timed or anything (but you know I will have my timer going). The goal is to just finish it. Next month I have my first 5K. Scared and excited at the same time.. Three months ago I would have just laughed at the thought of walking down the street.. Wish me luck!

  • GacyRunner

    I like how “enjoy being alone” precedes “find a buddy.” I suppose to anti-social runners could accomplish this, but then you have to hear their stupid breathing and shoes. Ick. Should have just stayed inside…

  • JForr

    I started running at 41 years old. When I first started I could go about 25 feet before I was sure I would die of a heart attack. I had already been walking for a couple years by then and completely rejected the thought of not being able to run. It took me at least a year before I made it a mile. But I did it! Another year later my max is now 3.5 miles at 15 minutes per mile. Yes, young people lap me multiple times, and yes, the paranoia of how gross I must look when I run has subsided, but never seems to go away. 🙂 Running is still kind of hard for me. I’ve had a few runs where I hit that plateau, but not many. However I know as I continue they will come more frequently. I haven’t done an organized 5k yet. I’m too worried that I won’t be able to run the whole time – even though I know nobody would notice or care if I chose to walk. My inhibitions leftover from a sedentary lifestyle are fading, but it takes time. Did I mention that I am down 40 pounds and feel and look better than I ever have in my life?

    Whether you want to try running, walking, biking… the most important thing is to get up! You can do it!

  • Bobbi

    He’s my dilemma, I have tried to start running and manage to stick with for a while then weather or bugs drove me back inside. How do you keep gravel and mud out of your shoes? How do I Keep the bugs off of me and out of my face? When it snows there are no snow free trails. Am i supposed to run in the rain? Im frustrated…these are probably ridiculous questions but..?

  • Julie Van Belleghem

    Thank you for the tips!

    I hate running, but the doctor says that I need to run, because I have heart rhythm disturbances. She says that running is good for my heart.
    My dad runs very much. We can run together!

  • Julie Van Belleghem

    Thank you for the tips!
    I hate running, but the doctor says that I need to run, because I have heart rhythm disturbances. She says that running is good for my heart.
    My dad runs very much. We can run together!

  • A running buddy is a great way to keep you motivated

  • Duane

    Be very aware that running can be a one of the most dangerous exercises that you can do, so do it in consultation with your doctor. The great Jim Fixx who wrote The Complete Book of Running died of a massive coronary while jogging. He had a congenitally enlarged heart. This and similar heart problems is something that many Americans have, me included. For me, running would be suicide.

  • 3HopeFUL

    I started C25K late September should be almost at 8 weeks but I keep repeating days mostly because I can’t control my breathing. I feel as if I am only chest breathing and can’t go deeper into my lungs, breathing is labored and almost asthmatic. When should I be thinking it’s not just because I am a beginner in my training and maybe there is an underlying issue?

  • Carolyn B Thompson

    I started walking our super maniac Golden puppy. Even though I had three 3 mile routes to choose from I got bored really fast. The puppy had to have energy expenditure if I was going to get any work done each day. So I tried running – always thought I’d hate it. I can’t say I love it yet but running 5k each day (hills and gravel/trails mixed with windy paved road) makes me feel like a runner – and that’s an accomplishment. Runkeeper and Pact are what keep me going (even more than the still maniac, but now 3 year old Golden).

  • Abu Farabi Sofiyyah

    Hi..i would like to ask abt jogging. I use to go for jogging around my home area but last monday the doctor told me,my cartilage on my right knee have wore off..do u know any exercise that i can do..so i can loose weight n keep fit?

  • Jo Cunliffe

    I have only been running a couple of weeks..tried the running/walking thing a while ago but just wasn’t in the right headspace. Have been building my fitness cycling & walking briskly. Decided to go out one evening a couple weeks ago and try to run for 3 songs on my iPod…and I did it and I didn’t hate it! Went 3 more times that week. I can run 1.5 miles at an ok pace. I am going to try to add a street with every run. I just wanted to be able to say I ran…and now I do.

  • jrohleder

    Hi all – first of all congrats to everybody who has had the guts to get up off there butt and started to run. The blog above is great for beginning runners. Just a couple of point / counter point to a couple of the points in the article.
    1) going slow and taking it easy is great for a beginner. But don’t be afraid of speed. To often begging runners get caught up in the runners slog. That means going out everyday for your run at the same pace slowly slogging along. Try to vary your workout by mixing your ‘jog’ with occasional speed burst. Not talking sprints but as the blog says when out on your run pick a point in the future – such as a light pole that is a quarter ahead and try to increase your pace by 25%. This will help you improve your speed / footfall and burn way more calories.
    2) skip the music – go out on a cold clear crisp morning and listen to your body. Pay attention to your heart, your legs and the scenery around you.
    Started running when I was 40 – now 58. Completed 45 marathons and hundreds of other races. Completed marathons on all 7 continents and believe me was so glad I was not wearing headphones while running the Serengeti in Africa or running with ice fields in Antarctica.

  • Micayla

    great article
    also, having an active breed dog helps lol.

  • Yamahamom07

    It’s my time to give thanks for all the blessings in my life, including being able to run.

  • Joy

    I have a love hate relationship with running. I stopped when I had a leg injury and actually had recurring dreams about running because I missed it so much. Now I’m recovered and running again, and I’m always pumped and excited when I’m putting my trainers on and getting ready, yet when I’m actually running I pretty much dislike the whole thing. And running with a partner doesn’t help me at all haha, I run with my brother and even thoug I’ve been running longer than him he’s better than me! So instead of encouraging me it actually discourages me because I’m frustrated that he’s better, silly I know. I hope I can learn to love running when I’m actually doing it – I’m hoping that part will come with time.

  • CarolineP

    Definitely using Map My Run has been the best motivational tool ever. Have been running for a year now. Two and a half years ago I was a 20 a day smoker, a couple of months ago I ran 10k! If I can anyone can 🙂

  • Emily Lemusu

    I LOVE LOVE this. I have just started running around April/May 2014. Ran a couple 5k and then a lot on my own. I haven’t been for a while and I can’t wait to get out there. I am really hoping to accomplish a couple 10k this year. Proving to myself that running is ok. It’s ME time. That’s what i need is more ME time to feel better about myself as well as my husband and kids. Thanks so much for this. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  • CJsgonnadoit

    So my problem is I have tried to run before but I get shin splints every time and I try to work through it but it’s to painful. Any tips ?

  • Hi, I love to run. I am a birth mother of 10 children. However I am short on endurance. Thank You for the article. I will set my self up to win the game of running. smile

  • Neeru

    I just started running for ten mins daily on the tread mill. My complain, my lower leg below the calf hurts. Gyming out on machines which stretch leg muscles helps. But I love the run, after first five mins I can’t help but start smiling. Runnin on the mill s very very diff from jogging on the road.

  • John S

    run with a dog on trails through the woods, more interesting than the roads and easier on the joints, good for you and the dog

  • Elcheekio

    Hello my fellow fitness pal gang members.

    I have to say this article made my day and really addressed my bad attitude about running. I have been running for about 8 months, and in the last 3 months seriously as I am preparing for my first half marathon. I am a larger person who finds running clubs difficult although they are generally friendly they tend to me set up by people who have been running forever and it can be intimidating. It is all too easy to start talking about how to get to 20 mins for a 5k, or what your PB is, or how many km a week you do. This article reminded me that I don’t care! I may never run a 5k in under 20 mins, 30 mins or even 40 mins, but I am getting out there plodding along having a great time and that is what matters! The best thing about running really is getting out there and doing it, 1 k or a whole marathon the fact you are out there makes you a winner!

  • Vicki

    I started running seriously after the birth of my first son – I had been a competitive masters level rower, but never a runner so I trained for 5K. When I actually crossed the finish line, I was so sore I swore I’d never do another one. But a week later I was back to training. I did a few more 5ks, then decided to tackle a 1/2 marathon. I did not really enjoy running, but LOVED the way I felt when I was done with a workout and/or race. I’ve done 2 1/2 marathons, many 5ks, and five sprint triathlons since then….and running is still my worst (aka slowest) event. But I get my butt out there and do it. I listen to music or books on my ipod to make the time and distance go by faster. I also enjoy the time to myself – not little boys asking me to fix their lego cars or help with the computer. And I reward myself at the beginning of each year by buying a new pair of cool running shoes (my old ones are usually dead by then)…. 🙂 this year I have day glo pink!!!! Makes it more fun 🙂

  • shaun

    When I first started running I considered my self slow and unfit, I thought it was impossible to run long distances it used to take me about 35 minutes to run five miles, now I can do that in just 21 minutes just because I learned to love running and lose weight, now I run half marathons over mountains and I like proving to myself I can do faster times and longer distances, if your starting out for the first time I would recommend not doing to much to soon and sesrch the internet for running for beginners and progress slowly training. I would also recommend signing up to a race event like a five killometer park run and then you would have a goal to complete, I would also recommend an application on your smartphone to track your progress over time and watch how you improve at running. Another and the most important tip I could give anyone is to make sure you have the correct running footwear and maybe have a gait analysis check at any good running retailer and by the right shoe/trainers/sneakers for you, do not go running in any old sho because this is guaranteed to cause you injury like bad knees and bad back etc. Ignore faster people at running, because one day you can be just as good as them……… a castle is not built in a day…….it does not matter if you do a 15 minute mile or a 5 minute mile, a mile is a mile……… and believe in yourself.

  • Linda

    I have to admit I fell in love with running on the treadmill. Brand new super swank machine with all the bells and whistles, I just loved it. That is where I hit my stride. That euphoric moment when you feel like your flying and your not sure what you did or what happened you just want it to last and now becomes a goal every time you hit the treadmill. It’s only been the last few years that I have been running/walking outside (just had my acl reconstructed). Now the treadmill looks like a punishment. A torture device only to be used in extreme weather conditions. I assumed that 10 degree weather would be considered extreme but I am still making the journey outside. I need at least one mile of fresh air everyday and I need to push myself to the point of getting my stride back, but outside this time.

  • lynnrnasaurous

    When I first started running, my goal was to improve my time, my endurance, my ability to get up a hill without walking. I kept getting frustrated because my time for a 2 mile run is consistently the same give or take a few seconds. I almost quit running- what’s the point if my 5k’s aren’t going to get faster. How am I every going to do a 1/2 marathon? But I decided to change my goal. My goal for every run now, is to not die. My goal for 2015 is to complete a 1/2 marathon on my own 2 feet. Even if I’m the slowest one out there. But regardless, my goal now, is simply to not die.

  • Rickybaw

    I’ve run a marathon once. I’ve run numerous 5k’s. I’ve done 2 triathlons. I love cycling and swimming. Never ever once in my life have I liked running. I absolutely hate it. I run for health. I run because if I want to complete triathlons, it’s part of it. I wish I could find some way to love it. I don’t need the alone time. I tried running with friends but I can’t find anyone who runs at my pace. The only time I love running is AFTER the run. I live the benefits. Sad but true. I want to love it. I dread every moment up to the moment I begin a run. 🙁

  • darrensurrey

    I think you need to write an article on why I want to learn to like running. I don’t run, don’t enjoy it and don’t see the point. I may sprint across a court chasing a ball, however. 😉

  • Jaime

    This article is totally and completely true in every way! Attitude is everything in running. Running used to be my arch nemesis. I hated it, I was never doing it, I was irritated by everyone who DID run. Then one day I decided that I was going to be a runner. It was a slow start and I’m still not fast by any means. I stay right around a 10 minute mile range but it’s the most amazing feeling of accomplishment I’ve ever had in my life. I now run 2.5 – 3 miles 3-4 times a week and I am in love with the way running makes me feel. I feel better physically of course, but mentally NOTHING beats the feeling I get after a good run! Not all runs are good ones but they’re still runs! Your body will do whatever your mind tells it to do. When I feel like giving up I tell myself that my legs aren’t giving out, my head is giving up….KEEP GOING!

  • Hannah Batchelder

    I just can’t make myself like running. I have no runner’s high. I much prefer something more fun and different, like dancing or tennis. Running feels too much like a workout, lol.

  • Kent

    I certainly agree that running too fast is about the best way for a beginner to burn out. But the statement that running faster is harder on joints is incorrect. Typically, the slower an individual runs the more vertical motion they have in their stride which causes more impact on the joints. I only say this because I would hate for someone who is experiencing joint pain to think that slowing down is the only solution when in reality running faster for a shorter time/distance may be a much better choice.

  • For me there’s really only one thing that matters – find a buddy. I find running alone to be excruciating, but if I have someone to run with, I’ll gladly go 6 miles!

    Also, try trail running.

  • Dani

    I wanted to start running more so I got a dog that needs a lot of energy release. He follows me around looking sad until I take him out and motivates me to go that extra block or mile. I use to have to power through my runs and hope music was enough to distract. Now I have so much fun out running with him that I can’t help but smile as we fly down the street. Dogs are great personal trainers! And I got a snuggle buddy out of it

  • Nancy Childress

    I love the feeling of accomplishment I get when I am running. I had a great start last fall but unfortunately the cold weather stopped me in my tracks. I am looking forward to Spring so I can get a full season of running. I never thought I’d be able to run, especially at my age (49 and 90 lbs overweight ) but I did it! I’m using the couch to 5th app and it really works. Now I know I can do anything I set my mind to, I can’t wait to run my first 5k!

  • vishwas patil

    Hi, I don’t have a friendly neighborhood. So I cannot go out for running. Will skipping (rope jumping) help me to be fit..??

  • Babs

    I walked my first 10K just 8 months after my last Chemo treatment at the age of 65. That only motivated me to do more, I am registered to walk my 6st Half Marathon on May the 3rd. At the age of 71. I missed walking the half in 2013 because of going throught emergency surgery, I was in my 10th week of training at that time… I was devastated. It took me a long time to get my strength back after that and didn’t feel like training for the 2014 half marathon but I did it anyway. It took me a lot longer to walk it……I wasn’t 1st but I wasn’t last either.

  • Great song to listen to when you need a boost… Gonna Fly Now from Rocky!

  • Kirsten

    I must admit that I have never run in my entire life. I wish that I was at a stage where I could report that I had just run a marathon, but I cant. I look like Forest Gump in braces when I run. But I want to be a runner.. I looks so free. I just am having difficulties with the chin splints and my body screaming at me that it is in PAIN.. lol. I am off to the gym this morning and I plan to take my baby steps in the running shoes. wish me luck.. or whatever,

  • Pinkoo

    I have been doing 5 Kms 4 times a week and 5-7 100 mtrs sprint on reg basis and I am on low carb and total 700-900 calories mostly constitued of protine diet for last 15 days haven’t lost a gram pls suggest wish to loose at least 10 kgs my current wt is 80 kg and I am 168 cms male

  • Donna

    How should I start running? I am 58 yr. and obese and have a bad knee. I do walk 3k 5x a week.
    Thanks!

  • SandyG

    I am a beginner myself and have struggled with injuries to my knee and ankles. I got quite close to giving up (pretty much straight away) but I don’t give things up easily! I am slowly working my way up now and managed just over 4k in 30 minutes a couple of days ago. Now I see that I can do it I am more determined and starting to enjoy it out on the open road…just cannot wait for some sunshine to enjoy it even more!

  • pogey

    I’m very glad to see all these positive comments on this board about getting up and doing something. Yep, pounding three quarters of your body weight on those two knees will one day make you wonder ( after your knees are replaced) why you didn’t start sooner. I loved to run. So much so I destroyed my knees. Enjoy your pounding!

  • orvillec

    I can relate to the article very much. June of ’13 I started the same way as listed in the article at 360lbs. By July 4th ’14 I ran my first 5k, finished in 35+mins at 260lbs. It felt great! I’ll tell anyone that’s starting, get a good pair of shoes, what a difference it makes. Kudos to everyone here

  • Gal

    I thought I was the slowest runner out there. 60 years old and have done 3 walk/run 5k’s in the past year. Never ran before that. I’m just getting back into it this year. I just have a hard time with the breathing. I get so winded. Any hints?

  • debi

    you exercise because you must for good health and weight loss.
    But, you will never LIKE it cause it sucks

  • C

    I tried running around my neighbourhood but every time I leave the house, even in boy’s clothes with my head down, men in cars yell gibberish at me. It’s scary in the moment and depressing later, goodness knows what their motive even is. :/ I do 8000-10000 steps a day doing step exercises inside and walking around my uni, but it would be nice to see more nature… Oh also, I’m a 10G and sports bras in that size are really expensive ($80 for one that actually works) I finally bought one so that I can do exercises with higher impact… But now that I’m losing weight it’s getting looser and losing function! Oh well, at least I’m doing something. 🙂

  • Annie

    Great article, I try and run 3 mornings a week. I get up at 5:00 am so I do not interfere with the family routine.
    This is absolutely me time, I plan through my day and am often surprised when come to the end of the.
    It isn’t easy, I haven’t completed sport since I was 16 and didn’t start running till I was 39. I have curvature of the spine and this is the only exercise I can do.
    Give it go!

  • Cass

    I began running at the beginning of this year (it was my NY resolution). I found that Zombie, Run! is such a good app – and especially as a beginner as it has an element of interval training. It’s a bit silly but a few of my friends have since started using it, we’re all mid 20s, and love it.
    Although I’m still not a lover of running, I’m getting out the door and can see the improvements every time I do and my schedule only allows for me to run once a week but better than nothing!

  • Antonio Gillespie

    I grew up being very active – played many sports – joined military but somehow I still hated running – it wasn until January 2013 where I started to fall in love with running – I was 85 lbs over weight – I started running, lifting, and improved my diet – I lost 85 lbs – I run a mile in 5 mins 50 secs and half marathon at a 7 minute 15 sec pace – overall I just started very slow inching my way at a mile – improved from running 1 mile in 30 mins to running it in 5min 50secs / my goal is to make it to Boston marathon – I run Spartan races now – just focused on becoming stronger and faster

  • Sarah Fox

    You are all incredible! Thank you for your inspiring comments and keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Marie

    Is there an article that can teach me how to breath when running? 10 years ago I was an ok runner – took several years to become OK. I never learned how to breath correctly. When I moved out of state, I lost my way on that love-hate relationship of accomplishment w/horrible breathing rythem and have tried off and on to get it back, to no avail. I still think about it and miss it. But I want to learn to breath correctly. Marie

  • Matt

    For me it was always achieving a faster time. Nothing was ever fast enough, even when I first broke that 5 minute mile mark, I just wanted to go faster. Made it to a 4:42 mile before becoming an on-again-off-again runner. Currently in the on-again stage =)

  • Beejboo

    I love this! I just started running/walking again in January and on those run days where I am struggling with motivation I have to remind myself that I actually like running!

  • Mykcj

    What really helps is not being such a pussy.

  • Regan Love-Campbell

    This is a great read – I just started running a few months ago and have been able to work myself up from not running at all to running 2-3 miles a couple of times a week. I love the idea of setting small goals as you run. Will start trying that!

  • Amber

    I started the C25K about 10 weeks ago. I love it. I never ran a day in my life before this, but I have found that I enjoy running. I made it to a point where I am stuck on week 7 but I’m ok with that. I do not progress with the program until I successfully complete the run. I ran/walked my first 5K 2 weeks ago and completed it in 45 minutes. It was honestly the best feeling ever. Good luck to everyone just starting out, it’s definitely worth it.

  • Flab2Fab

    I am on my weight loss journey right now. I started Jan 5, 2015 and as of 6/12, I am down 52.5lbs.

    On 5/30, I walked 12.6 miles. I was sore as heck the next day, but I felt good. I was talking to my mentor and my friend and they both thought I should train for a half marathon. I heard half marathon and thought running and thought, “oh god, I HATE running!”

    So, I talked to some runners at work and they gave me some tips, similar to the ones in this blog.

    On 6/13, I decided to run/walk 12.6 miles, the same route that I took two weeks ago.

    My time on 5/30 just walking was 4 hours 1 min. The time on 6/13 was 3 hours 26 mins.

    And I am just as sore as I was on my first walk. I am using the time on 6/13 as my baseline to train for a half marathon in November.

    I will say that the running part wasn’t as bad as I thought and in some parts of the running I actually enjoyed it!

    I hope by the time November comes around I can post a decent time. I would like to get to 2 hours 15 mins.

    Is that too aggressive?

  • Cubby DeBry

    Hi, I started running in middle school and later joined my high school XC team. I always enjoyed it because of the competition and my team mates were always very positive and made it fun. Now I find myself at the start of my senior year, I still have very high hopes for my season like all-state and hopefully qualifying for footlocker nationals but I’m having a hard time loving it. Running is a hard sport and training for this level of competition doesn’t make it any easier. I really enjoy some aspects of it but I’m having a hard time without any of the people that used to push me. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can have more fun running?

  • Alison Conor

    After pregnancy, some moms really tend to dread working out or doing even a few runs or jogs, maybe because of the stressful and tiring phases they have been into. However, seeing all those baby pounds somehow makes them motivated. Setting a goal and having great support from their family and peers is indeed essential. Thanks for an inspiring post Kim! 🙂

  • NorthE

    I began running 5 months ago on a treadmill. The secret of running is endurance. Endurance is succeeded over time. If you set out to run, take small steps, rest in between running days, nurse small aches but most of all, be patient. I promise you after 5 months, you’ll be able is run like the wind.

  • SFSProf

    I appreciate the advice about listening to music with a fast pace. For those who are familiar with the activity, drum and bugle corps music (DCI) is great for running. They sometimes hit 180 beats per minute. (For those not familiar – these aren’t straight bugles and simple marches, but very sophisticated brass and percussion performances.) An example on the other side. Years ago, in the casette age, I accidentally went out with the wrong tape and instead of corps, I had medieval Christmas music. I thought that run would never end.

  • AnayaPapaya

    Running is the only thing that has ever cured my acne and made my skin super clear. Not to mention that really nice “high” feeling you get after running. I don’t enjoy the physical act of doing it, but the pros outweigh the cons for me.

  • Maria V

    I have problem breathing 🙁 How can I learn ???

  • Competition. There are very few athletic ventures for adults that offer regular competitions. Running, triathlon, and tennis maybe (competitions where drinking is de rigueur, ie softball, golf, etc. don’t count). Most races are broken down by age group and gender. You can compete with yourself for a PR. Although j only compete in a handful of races each year, it really motivates me and makes running fun.

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  • Kathryn

    Being a beginner is really good advice I look terrible when I run my face goes red. A lady laughed at me yesterday. But it doesn’t matter this is about my health not how I appear to strangers. I think being mindful and enjoying how I feel 20 minutes after a run is a motivator for next time too – often i have more energy and feel happier . Also my dog who LOVES running keeps me going 🙂

  • Aimee Vondrak

    I have also never loved running!! Two things have got me running regularly:

    1. I signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon next year. It’s several weeks away, giving me enough time to train. Plus since it was expensive, I saw it as an investment in my health. I have been wanting to lose a few LBs anyway, and not only am I achieving my health goal, but I am committed to crossing the finish line at a really fun race in my favorite place in the world– Disney!

    2. Part of why I didn’t like running, I realized, is I felt like I was competing with other runners, and that other people were looking at me and judging me. Probably stems from two friends in elementary school making fun of the way I ran. I started locking into a stationary object in the distance and not looking anyone in the eye while I run. It seemed rude at first, but I found I could focus better on my goal, my breathing, and being in tune to how my body responded to the run if I eliminated the distraction of comparing my performance to others’ or worrying about what others think of mine.

    Good luck to all of us in achieving our goals!!

  • clg

    What makes the difference for me is WHERE I run. I still hate running….unless Im out in a National Park or other hiking trail. Then I can’t help myself!! (Although I also can’t help screeching to a halt to goggle at wildlife)

  • davedave12

    I run a marathon every month — in small pieces

  • davedave12

    My brain wants to stop. I get these thoughts “hard” “painful” “boring” It takes real effort to think “this is good for me” “I am not out of breath” “watching the same episode of Family Guy for the 10th time is boring” “I do not really hurt, I am just a little tired” “i will feel good when I finish” “I could run 30 minutes 2 days ago, I can certainly do it today”

  • Gruene Fee

    Having a Workout Buddy has helped me immensely. Just knowing I have to get up and out the door ’cause I said I’d meet him at (whatever time we’re starting that morning) gets me on task and focused to get my run/workout on.

    THIS morning, Workout Buddy wasn’t able to join me for our run ’cause he tweaked his knee a little bit yesterday. It took everything I had to get up for that alarm clock…and get myself dressed and get those running shoes on…but I DID it, and ran over 3 miles, by myself! I was smiling almost the whole time ’cause I felt like I’d already accomplished something for the day.

    It wasn’t my fastest, and wasn’t my farthest, but MAN did that feel good! 😀