Have fun on your run in 5 easy steps! So many people claim to dislike running, but its easy to love it. I’m here to help, because I’m a running chick and this is my diary.
Diary of a Running Chick: August 7th, 2017
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had someone tell me that they just don’t like to run. I’m always amazed, because running is so much fun for me. How we approach running is what makes it fun or not, and its easy to love it. You can truly have fun on your run in 5 simple steps!
Step 1: Separate yourself from old thoughts of running.
I’ll never forget how much I disliked running when we had to run a mile for physical fitness tests. Do you remember those tests? They tried to make them fun, but the only fun part for me was that they were easy. Even the running part was easy. That didn’t make me want to run that mile, but I found that if I ran it fast and got it over with, it was so much better.
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Once I was able to separate myself from the way I previously thought about running, it allowed me to have fun on my run! When we’re younger, running is used as a form of punishment. For physical fitness tests, or when you play a sport, you run laps for punishment. That definitely messes us all up! Let go of that and once you’re able to, you’ll have fun on your run.
Step 2: Let go of your expectations.
This is a big one! It’s definitely the most important of our steps. It’s truly how I learned to have fun on my run. You can’t just go and run five miles with ease if you aren’t currently running consistently. Let go of that expectation. It might take you time to reach a goal, but that is okay. Having an open mind with no expectations will help you learn to have fun on your run! You can actually embrace what you’re experiencing.
Step 3: Celebrate achieving your goals!
Setting goals for yourself is a great way to keep track of your progress. It’s also a great way to find the joy in your runs. The past two years I’ve joined the “You Vs Year” challenge on Mapmyrun and this has given me something to work toward. I’m excited when I get my badges throughout the challenge. Its given me a great goal to keep track of throughout the year. It keeps running fun for me!
Step 4: Embrace your “why” for running.
Everyone has a reason why they run. I run because I love the benefits of running and I love that it makes me feel strong, enabling me to take on any challenges that come my way. It also gives me something to accomplish every day. That’s a great feeling to have every morning! It also is my getaway. It is my “me time” and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Embracing your “why” is a great way for you to have fun on your run.
Step 5: Remind yourself that everyone is capable of running.
We live an extremely sedentary lifestyle, where running is something that so many people are amazed that you do. There should be no amazement. Running is the simplest, cheapest, and do anywhere form of exercise. All you need is a pair of good sneakers. You don’t even have to break the bank on shoes, since there so so many good brands out there! Knowing that definitely makes me enjoy running so much. It’s so easy to take up and so many of us forget that.
Have fun on your run in 5 steps. It’s truly that simple! Don’t overthink. Don’t convince yourself that you can’t do it. Our bodies are made to run. It was our first mode of transportation and something our species has done since it’s existence. It has kept us lean and healthy! Not having fun on your run means you’re putting up an unexpected wall. Let go of it kids! Have fun on your run in 5 steps. It’s that easy.
Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp. She’s an actress, writer, and producer. Get lost in her youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram
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