Post # 1
As the title says, I hate running. I always have! However, I know that it is one of the very best ways to lose weight and get into shape. Every runner I know has said that when you first start running you hate it, but you just push through it and eventually you love it. My problem is that I either can’t get through the hating phase or I switch to another cardio method (walking, elliptical machine, etc.). I can do any other type of cardio for a long time, but I can’t even run a mile without stopping to walk! It’s kind of sad.
Anyway, does anyone out there have any advice for a beginning runner? I really want to just suck it up and do it to lose weight and be heart-healthy. Runners, let me know how to get through this wall I have up! Please!
Post # 3
I got into running doing the couch to 5k program online. It wasn’t to difficult, and I don’t ever really remember getting to that “I hate running” stage that I have gotten to before. The program builds you up to running a 5k through walking and running. If you google it, a website will come up and explain the program.
Post # 4
This is an interesting thread. I hate running too and tried the c25k program. Still hate it.
Post # 5
Hmmmm… I don’t have any real suggestions except for persevere. When I started running years ago, I could literally not make it from one block to the next without being out of breathe, and not wanting to go any further. I just kept with it, and pushed myself further and further along. I am no champ, but I can run for about 45 minutes straight now at 6mph if I want. Although I usually do only 30 min of that. Anyways, keep doing it, and if you still hate it in a couple of months just don’t continue.
I heard the C25k was a great plan, never tried it myself. There are LOTS of other ways to lose weight though. Swimming, JM 30 day shred, PX90 videos, cardio blast sessions, spinning. The choices are ENDLESS, it isn’t one size fits all. Believe me.
Post # 6
build up your endurance doing fun cardio or sports ( tennis, frizbee, swimming, roller blading etc) so you get used to movin and groovin.
Then get some great tunes, and r if you have a dog or can borrow a dog, try walk/runs
I’m a runner but we all have days where its like uggg I don’t wanna do this, but when you do you get an amazing high!
If your dead set on running and don’t wanna just use other cardio, just don’t give up! Personally I think runnign is best outdoors. Pick a street sign or marker to run to ( even if its 50 feet away) and make yourself run it. then walk the rest. then slowly start adding to your marker with distance. Eventually you get into it and anticipate your maker and want to push on. It may take months of trying almost everyday , but once you get in a groove its awesome!
Post # 7
Thanks for the tips! I am still going to try other methods of cardio for weight loss, but I just want to push myself to get past this hurdle. Who knows if I will succeed, but I will try!
Post # 8
I’m not the best person to advise, because I don’t love running at all, but there have been times when I’ve been into it and enjoyed it. (More that I enjoyed feeling good about myself afterward.) I’d recommend using a portable music player with songs you love, and/or running with a friend you can chat with. Both of those things distract you from the fact that you’re running, and if you start out like that, eventually your body with get itself over the hurdle of running a few miles, so your brain might be fooled into being okay with it. Good luck, I’ve had multiple ebbs and flows with my running over the years.
Post # 9
haha i also hate running like all of you! What i find helps me the most is if I make myself a really awesome playlist on my Ipod before I go work out (ie pop/rap songs with a good beat) because nothing is worse than trying to run to slow/sappy music!
Post # 10
FYI – I have heard great things about the count to 5k running program, plus there are podcasts to go with them with everything timed out. I may give it a try.
Post # 11
@thetraceface:Running is NOT the best weight loss method. Try zumba, cardio kickboxing, eliptical, spinning, aerobics…. The best way to lose weight is to get your heart rate in the weight loss zone (60-80% of your max heart rate, I believe, but you can research that), and stay there for 30 minutes or so.
If you hate running, you will not stay at the optimum heart rate long enough. Instead, chose something you love to do, just do it with more intensity.
FYI I am usually a distance runner and love running. However, there are times when running doesn’t do it for me. Then, I swim or kick box.
Post # 12
Oops, I didn’t see that you really want to break down the mental barrier and just run… my recommendation: sprints and speed training. There’s nothing so awesome as running fast.
Music helps, too, but nothing is as great as feeling fast.
Post # 13
I’m prepping for my very first 5k next month and am soooo not a ‘runner’. At least I didn’t think I was! Now I’m running every other day or so and go up to 2.5 miles at a time.
Here’s what I’d recommend: start easy. You don’t have to run fast, just.. run. I run as soon as I wake up (usually) so I start out in a zombie-shuffle. The first 5 minutes super suck, and the first 10 just regular suck, but then your body will kick in, you’ll run faster, and it won’t be so bad. Once I pass the suck stage I can run with my mouth closed, breathing through my nose – which is completely different from the panting I start out with.
USE MUSIC. And not music you’re super familiar with and know the words or how long you have till the song ends. I run to an artist called Pretty Lights. It’s electro-hip hop of sorts, and it’s perfect for me.
RUN OUTSIDE. It’s totally different than running on a treadmill, and -for me- is so much easier and more interesting. It’s easy to set distance goals and celebrate a little when I reach them, then keep going (ie “run to the stop sign”, “run to the farthest point of the sidewalk I can see”, etc)
GET GOOD SHOES. OMG what a difference a good pair of shoes can make. I just upgraded mine and feel like I’m running on clouds, which is way better than literally pounding the pavement with my old shoes.
SET A GOAL. My short term is to run the 5k without stopping/walking. My long term goal is to run 100 miles before the new year. I have 80 miles to go but considering I just started running 3 weeks ago, I might be able to do this.
Post # 14
I am the same way. I finished the couckk to 5k program, and just started bridge to 10k. I do not enjoy it while I am running, but how I feel afterwards is what keeps me going.
Post # 15
Thanks for the tips!!!
@ellabee: I do like to change up my cardio, and I love zumba, cycling, walking, swimming – all that good stuff. I actually have an elliptical and a cheap rowing machine at home as well. I have my e-pics coming up in 2 months tho and would like to lose around 10 pounds to tone up for them (This is not an unrealistic goal – my BMI is slightly above the healthy range, so I should do it for my health too). I have done cardio my whole life, but running is the one thing I haven’t done! I feel like if I can stick to a program like c25k where it helps you build up to it, it might be a nice change for my body and something different, like a kick-start to my workout plan.
Post # 16
This thread has good advice. I also hate running but I really need to get moving and motivated. Unfortunately, not even my wedding motivated me enough.