I have a love/hate relationship with running, I assume this is how most people feel about using recreational drugs too because I too am a drug addict, my drug is just running
I mean sometimes I am even like this
I break up with running a lot, but at the end of the day I keep on coming back, lucky for me this kind of abusive relationship is actually a good thing.
I am about to “get back together” with running, and here are some things I have learnt in the last 2 years that have made me a running addict and will make you an addict too!
- Don’t give yourself excuses – there is NO excuse why you can’t make time to go for a run and invest in your health
- Run with other people – It’s hard to get out of a running commitment when there is some one other than yourself involved
- Reward yourself – There is NOTHING wrong with treating yourself for milestones, I reward myself pedicures if I run more than 3 times a week
- Run first thing in the morning – It’ll take time for your body to adjust but trust me, working out in the morning while everyone else is sleeping is the best way to start your day.
- Take it slow – Starting your run too fast will only burn you out and you may possibly injure yourself, go slow, just get going! Speed will come later!
- Run at the same time everyday – Get into a routine, routines are hard to break
- Keep in mind the benefits – Notice how much weight you are losing, how much faster you are going, how much further you are going and once again, reward yourself for such things!
- Set goals – Train insane or remain the same, no one wants to remain the same! Make sure you meet and smash your goals!
- Track your progress – Like any activity, tracking your progress will keep you motivated to improve. There are loads of running apps that let you track this kinda stuff, I personally use Nike+
- Don’t see running as a chore – Running should not be a chore, don’t view it as one. Running is a investment in your health, see it as a release and time for you to get in touch with your body and unwind
Try all of those things and I am sure that just like me, running will become your drug of choice too!