I was never a “runner” type and if you remember from my last post I actually hated it. However, there are a few easy ways to help motivate you to actually enjoy running. It’ll take some time, but it doesn’t have to be dreadful.
Find out where you like to run – I started running on a treadmill because I was too embarrassed to do it in public. Once I got comfortable running in front of other people, I began to run outside. Now, I jog at a park alongside the New York City skyline and it’s so beautiful; the view never gets old. I also run around my neighborhood or throughout my city.
Buy cute running gear – It’s just like when you buy a new dress and you can’t wait to wear it on a night out; same concept. I buy myself new running outfits every so often and look forward to wearing them. I treated myself to these adorable sneakers and this awesome armband after my 5K. I also just bought these amazing pants online for Tough Mudder that didn’t arrive on time for the event. Plus, there might be hot guys out there running along your path (wink wink). There is nothing wrong with looking good (which ultimately makes you feel great) while you’re working up a sweat.
Set a good playlist – I used to think I had to listen to heavy metal to get me going for a good workout; not at all. I learned I enjoy listening to more mellow music. Want to know my two favorite songs to run to? Gym Class Heroes “The Fighter” and (please no judgment) DJ Pauly D “Night of My Life.” Those two songs definitely got me through my 5K – oh and anything by Kings of Leon.
Find a running partner – Even though you’re not really going to run and chat at the same time, it’s nice having someone there for support. My friend ran the 5K with me for moral support. She’s an avid runner and has run marathons, but kept pace with me throughout my race. It helps motivate you when you’re running beside someone else. When I run with a partner, I won’t stop until they do because I don’t want to be the one who ruins our momentum. I end up running my best with a friend.
Get over the excuses – Things will hurt and be sore. Wah! Stop crying, suck it up and keep pushing. Sometimes if I’m having trouble and feel like I was slacking, I’ll take time off from my cool down and use that extra time to run harder. I hate to think I didn’t give it my all (and that usually goes for everything!).
Get yourself motivated; it will get easier, trust me. Do you have any other tips for newbie runners?