Why You Hate Running
People hate running, they just do. But I get it! I used to hide in the bushes to get out of running the mile in school. That's not a joke. I missed over 70 days of school my senior year of high school to get out of PE. And it's not that I was lazy, I just wasn't athletic. And the fact that I struggled so much more than everyone else made me really insecure.
I spent a vast majority of my life as a proud member of the I F*CKING HATE RUNNING CLUB. SO YEAH, I get it when you say you hate running. THAT BEING SAID, just because you hate running doesn't mean that you are going to hate it forever. But let's start with some of the reasons why you hate running...
You Hate People Telling You What To Do.
I too hate people telling me what to do. If you're a new runner, you're going to do a lot of listening to other runners because runners love to talk about running. Basically, they'll tell you everything you're doing wrong. It will drive you insane. But their advice will also remind you that you're not alone in your struggle.
Running sucks. It's hard, it's painful and it's uncomfortable. We're on the same page there. When I was becoming a runner, I cried on the side of the road at least once a month whenever I realized I was still miles from home. And can we talk about those people who make running look effortless? When you're getting started, they're the LAST people you want to see when you're wheezing and a stone throw away from passing out. Try not to let those people make you feel like a failure.
You're Not A Runner.
"I'm not a runner." That's so weird, neither was I! Let me rephrase this one for you, "You're not a runner...yet." Becoming a runner is hard, you just have to find a way to continue to show up for yourself.
This one's a double-edged sword because running is almost always uncomfortable. Not wanting to deal with discomfort is an excuse. Just remember, it's in discomfort that change lives. The sooner you can learn to befriend discomfort, the more fun you will have. (Sounds crazy. I know. But it's because it's so damn painful and hard that it can be so empowering when you accomplish your goals.)
You Have A Big Ego. Such A Huge Ego.
I have a big ego and my first few months of running really sucker punched me straight in my hope. I mean, I wasn't even out of shape! I went to the gym five days a week. But when I couldn't make it to the end of my block without feeling like I was going to die...that hurt physically and emotionally. But if you're an ego person, eventually being able to put a 13.1 or 26.2 sticker on your car or post a finish line picture on Instagram saying, "Look what I did and it's only 10 in the morning!" will do wonders for that once bruised ego. Good things come to those who wait.
You’re Out Of Shape.
It's going to be hard, it's going to try you emotionally and it's going to be painful. But you have to believe in yourself and care enough to stick with it. I promise it gets easier and every step will be worth it. Don't compare yourself to anyone and take it one day at a time. Is it going to be harder for you? Yes. But that day that you're able to run 1, 3, or even 6 miles without stopping will change your life. You can do it. Time flies when you're in pain so stick with it.
You’re In Shape.
Here's a curveball, running even sucks when you're in shape! Running will teach you a thing or two about patience and self-respect, that is just a fact. There's no easy way to fall in love with running. The only way is to put one foot in front of the other.
Running Is Boring.
I got nothing for this one because you're right. Running can be really, really boring. But it's one of the reasons I love running...it's my only alone time. I can daydream, listen to music, or just turn my brain off. If you're a parent, it's an hour or two of silence. After working a 10-12 hour day, sometimes all I want to do is run really far away from everything that is happening in my life. I started running as a way to run from my problems and I am still running from them today. Sometimes boring is nice.
I'm impatient. I want results yesterday. I am the type of person who will read the last chapter of a book or fast forward a movie for spoilers before watching it all the way through. That's how impatient I am. So I get it, running is really hard for someone who isn't keen on slowly learning to like running. But it can be done!
Don’t Want to Walk.
If you're learning to run, you're going to spend a lot of time walking. I hated spending time walking because it didn't feel like working out...It felt like walking. You have to walk before you can run. It's a fact of the running world. But it's a very brief portion of your running journey, so if you can make it through you'll be doing less walkin' and more runnin' in no time.
You Get Flashbacks to High School Gym Class.
I hear ya, whenever someone gets a stopwatch out I run very fast in the opposite direction because PE TRAUMATIZED me. BUT, running in real life is nothing like running in gym class. It's 10 times more fun! (Why is that? What are gym teachers around the country doing wrong?)
You’re Not Athletic.
Not athletic? There's hope for you yet! Some people were born itching to be active. They ran before they could walk. If you're not athletic, it just means you have to dig a little deeper and push a little harder to find your ease. You'll find it. It's not impossible. I'm living proof.
You Care About Your Dignity.
Does not being able to run a mile hurt your soul? Make you feel kind of sh*tty? Yeah, it made me feel pretty sh*tty too. But the payoff is the look people give you once you become a runner and you tell them how far you run. "I'm gonna head home, I have a 10-mile run tomorrow morning." Watch their jaw hit the floor and then walk away feeling like a total bad ass. It's worth it. Sticking through the pain and discomfort is worth it JUST for that reaction.
There is only one thing you need to learn to not hate running -- you have to want to run. If you don't want to run, you're not going to run. Running isn't something you do just to stay in shape. You'll inevitably fall in love with everything that running does to you physically and mentally. IT'S EMPOWERING. Now, before you throw those walls up hear me out. I know you hate running. I hated running. I tried running for years and did the same walk of shame back home time and time again after each failed attempt. But I didn't want to run or need to run, I just wanted to try to run. You need a goal and you need to give it at least 8 short weeks.
I know you hate running. Most people hate running. BUT, if you're looking for a way to get active that will empower the hell out of you, I dare you to give it a second, third, or posible hundredth chance.