Tips on learning to love running, even when you hate it!

Posted on Jul 15 2013 - 7:00am by Traci



If you’re participating in the 100 mile summer challenge, we’ve made it to week 5! You should have run 25.5 miles so far and have 8.5 miles to run this week! If you haven’t started yet, you should! It’s a great way to get into shape and start up a running routine. 

I know a LOT of my friends I have asked if they like running and I get the usual. “I am not a runner”. Or “I just HATE running”. I really can empathize with that. I remember when I first got interested in running for fun I was in sixth grade and my sisters both did Track and could run 5-10 miles a day, and they always raved about how much they loved going running. So I decided to go one day. I am pretty sure I made it about half a mile and decided that running was not for me 🙂 Luckily, I joined Track {partially for the social aspect} and realized that loving running is something you have to teach yourself. I started going our for half a mile runs until I felt comfortable and then I built myself up slowly. By the time I graduated from High school I could run 7 miles no problem!

I don’t tell you this to brag, I promise. I tell you this to help everyone realize that a love for running is something you have to teach yourself, and there are ways to learn! It’s one of my favorites because you can really workout anywhere, any climate, any time of year {almost} and it doesn’t cost any money {running shoes are helpful though, but you don’t have to get the most expensive!} It’s a great way to stay in shape and a great way to feel better about yourself and get that “Runners High” 🙂

So I would like to share a few tips that have helped me along the way!

1. Wear comfy clothes! I have seen people out running in jeans, seriously. Don’t do it. Ross and TJMaxx have some awesome cheap running clothes, you don’t have to spend a forture on super cute running clothes, or shoes. Just get clothes that are comfy and that you feel like you can move in. And, I love looking cute, but really, don’t worry too much about that while you are running, please 🙂 Which I might add, don’t be afraid to sweat! Sweating is gross, I agree, but SO great for your skin and body! It releases toxins and makes your skin better {really!} Just take a nice shower, you’ll be good smelling in no time 🙂 And your skin invigorated!

2. Add some music. There are SO many ways now that you can carry music with you. When I was in high school, I used a Joggable CD Player and I thought that was AWESOME. Now we can carry a tiny little mp3 player, or your phone or whatever, do it! Download some music or find a radio station {I LOVE pandora, it’s free, too!} Get some upbeat music and you are off. I LOVE using music, it’s so helpful to keep me motivated and help me to not focus too much on the fact that my body is a little tired 🙂

3. Find ways you enjoy running, where you don’t realize you are running. For example, I LOVE Soccer! Love love love. It’s running, but with a lot of other things involved, so you jog, sprint, and jump and kick without even really realizing you are working out! There are a lot of sports you could choose from. Cities do community leauges that are fairly cheap, just look it up in your area. I have also use the YMCA. Find fun ways to run when you don’t even realize you are! Other examples, maybe softball, tennis, frisbee golf, flag football, etc.! There are so any options!

4. Find out your style. My running style is out in the country listening to music. I am NOT competitive at all. I have thought about races but have come to realize that is NOT my thing. If you love competition, or really just need some motivation to train, look up a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or marathon schedule. There are so many fun runs! My husband and his brothers have done a Disney Marathon where you run through the park, and there is also a Rock and Roll Marathon where there are bands along the way, lots of fun marathons and 5K runs if you look around your city. And!  Join Markell’s Summer challenge! Competitive or not, it’s a great way to get started! Find the way YOU enjoy running, whether competitive or just to get outside and have some YOU time daily.

5. Don’t eat too much before. I know this sounds silly, but I have tried to go running right after a big dinner, and threw up. It’s not fun, or you just get a super bad stomach cramp. This is probably really obvious, but would make you hate running from the get go.

6. Find a buddy! Oh my goodness after I had my son, my best friend Stephanie, my next door neighbor and I would go running together. It was SO NICE because we both held each other accountable. Every morning I would want to sleep in, I couldn’t because I knew she would be waiting for me. And I got to talk to her and enjoy her company the whole way. Best thing ever! Which goes along with my next tip!

7. Go with your spouse! Or significant other! My husband and my first date was going running. It was amazing. We could talk and get to know each other while being outside and jogging! It was the best. To this day we strap our kids in the double stroller and go running together. It is my favorite thing ever. He is my best friend and getting to exercise with him is so much fun. It’s really nice to have the motivation of your spouse going to help you, too!

8.  Drink water & Stretch! I mean it! You are going to sweat, make sure you drink a lot after you go! Stretching is so helpful, too. If you need some ideas check out YouTube!

9. Run errands, literally! If you have anything close by your home that you could walk to, Do it! My husband and I are so happy when we can walk to church, or to the park, or drugstore, whatever! If you are within walking/jogging distance, use that opportunity to run errands to those places! You have a purpose and you don’t even realize it’s a workout!

10. Lastly, if you REALLY hate running, WALK! My sister in law, Sally, is a walker. She goes on walks daily and she is beautiful and is in great shape. You burn the same amount of calories as long as you go the same distance. It takes a bit longer but is totally worth it.

I guess my main point of all this is to find your running style. You don’t have to be in amazing shape to start. You don’t have to even run one mile, as long as you are trying and you are feel good after. Find what you love about it and run with it {Literally!} I hope these tips help and that you start your journey towards loving a good run! {or walk!} 🙂

Happy Running!

Traci 🙂


9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Allison July 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Gabrielle July 18, 2013 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Yes, I totally agree with all of these! I'm a brand new runner and I love it. My husband and I started running together back in January. We immediately signed up for a 5K to keep us accountable. Now we've run several races and it's our new favorite family hobby.

  3. Traci July 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks Allison, I am glad you liked them!

    Gabrielle, Thank you! Ah! How fun! And amazing you get to do it together, it’s such a great way to stay close as a couple, stay in shape, and achieve goals together!

  4. spiritedlife July 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I hope this encourages others to run. After running in high school in volleyball and track, I still to-date hate running. I will go if someone asks me to go, but that's all. And I don't go for the run, I go to talk to the other person. 🙁 I wish I did like it. Honestly I wish I did.

    Thanks for linking up with Fitness Fridays!

  5. rickimoo2013 July 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I love this list, and it is so true. For #4 Find Out Your Style – mine would be in town. I live in the country and the sides of the road are very uneven, with pot holes and broken pavement. I used to run around here (great seiner y and didn't have to drive anywhere, and no traffic) but I ended up fracturing my foot… so it's nice paved roads for me 😉

  6. Natasha July 20, 2013 at 5:00 am - Reply

    This is a great post, I love running but don't do it very often

    I would love you to share these on my link party Serenity Saturday

    Natasha @ Serenity You

  7. Traci July 22, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    spiritedrun- haha I agree, I still have to mentally help get going running, once I am out I LOVE it, but getting going is a hard step!

    Rickimoo! I am so sorry! My sister had that same issue with gravel, ah! So sorry, pavement is nice, I hope your foot is all better!

    Natasha- Thanks for thinking of me will do!

  8. Angela July 24, 2013 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Wish I liked running. I like the idea though of starting out with just a half mile, and working your way up. Need to get in shape, so maybe this would be a good way to do so. Thank you so much for participating in our link party last week. We hope to see you at our next Blog Strut Linky Party at!

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