Running is one of the simple joys in life. At least it is for me. Running has not always come easy for me. When I first started out, I hated it. I mean, I really hated it. As it became easier, it was a quick way to release a lot of energy. When I was anxious, excited, angry, or all of the above my first instinct became running. How did I get to this place? I followed the simple and easy steps that I’m sharing with you!
- One Foot In Front Of The Other
Keep going. If you don’t like it, keep running. It’s one foot at a time. When I’m anxious, sometimes I take life minute by minute. What does that mean? It means that you focus on this moment right now. When running, this is great. If I can’t fathom getting a mile, I focus on the next step or landmark. When I reach that, I set my sights on something further. Soon, my goal is well within reach!
- Find Your Playlist
This is obvious but important. When I first started running I thought show tunes would be the best. They motivate me and make me want to dance. When put in action, they didn’t have the pep to push me through my run. I switched to upbeat pop songs about endurance. This made a huge difference for me. Your music choice can have a serious impact on your motivation.
- Run Comfortably
I started running on a treadmill. I wasn’t comfortable running outside. Living in a neighborhood, I felt self-conscious about my abilities. After running on the treadmill for about a month, I grew bored. Instead of picking a different activity, I chose to change the scenery. I started running outside, I wasn’t self-conscious anymore and suddenly I was going places. Without starting on the treadmill, I don’t know if I would’ve stuck with running. It was important for me to build confidence before showing off my skills. You know, to all those bystanders that couldn’t care less what you’re doing.
- Set Realistic Goals
Don’t start off by saying you want to run five miles. It’s not a good idea. Start with a mile or even a half-mile if you need to. Give yourself successes that will propel you forward. All to often, we set our sights too high and then fail instantly when we’re afraid to even try. Wherever you start has to be right for you. Nobody else matters.
- Check The Weather
I need to keep telling myself this. Check the weather. I ran in 90-degree weather and 80% humidity the other day. That was a mistake. It took a huge toll on my body and it felt agonizing! Crush and I were ready to fall over from fatigue by the time we got home. Know your body, know your limits, and respect them.
All of these tips are pretty basic. I wish I knew these when I started out so I’m hoping to save you the trial and error period. Do you, don’t feel self-conscious and don’t get in your head. The best part of running is getting into the flow state. Focus on your goal, one step at a time.