If you ask a bunch of people the question “do you like running?” you will get two general responses; “I love it” or “I hate it” – there is usually nothing in between.
Although everyone have tried to run at least one time in their life, they almost always go at the task the wrong way. They have heard the saying “no pain, no gain” and then go out and exhaust themselves until they slowly but surely collapse on the ground.
If you think about it there is a reason for why most people don’t like running. They hate it before they get out, they push themselves until failure, and hate running even more when they get home – it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can watch a video that I did on exactly this topic by clicking on the video below.
If you are one of those that hate running and avoid it at every cost, here is my invitation to you.
Next time you go out running, don’t push yourself. Don’t even attempt to become exhausted in any way.
What you want to do is find a nice day where you have some time left over and go out for a run. You then want to run until you feel the slightest fatigue and then stop and walk. No need to push yourself further. Then when you feel that you can manage one more interval of running then run and stop. Repeat that until you get home.
Also don’t overestimate yourself. Choose a short distance and make sure to enjoy the run and the pleasurable experiences. This can be the surroundings or some good music. Make sure to enjoy yourself and don’t even attempt to push yourself.
After some time you will always want to try to increase your distance and decrease the intervals without focusing on time. After some time you will notice that you will be able to run effortlessly. You wont feel any discomfort and you will be covering ground at a great pace without getting the slightest out of breath – that is when you will experience the joy that running brings at its fullest.
Whatever you do, don’t look at your pace (at first).
Hopefully this inspired you to give running another chance and approach it from a different angle.
Good luck, I would love to hear from you and your experiences with this approach. The best ones will be featured in the next blog-post.