4 tips to enjoying the sport of running

***Edited post title, it’s a good thing I never claimed to agree with math.***

Good morning!!  I hope you’re weekend is off to a great start.

When I sat down to write this post, I realized the only picture I took yesterday was this.

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Shocking, right?!

I spent all day running around like a crazy over caffeinated woman cleaning our place for 3 showings that evening, a useless trip to the cell phone repair shop to figure out why my phone drops every single call I take and doesn’t ring 94% of the time, Target and Bev Mo for some much needed wine.  The world shall live now!  Winking smile

Our landlords {and friends} Simon & Reena came over to show the condo.  While Reena showed the place, Simon & I talked about running.  He took a break from running due to a back injury and now he’s building back up.  He is stoked to be able to run 3 miles without stopping.  I freaking dig his excitement!

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Our conversation got me thinking about how I often get crazy looks from people who are not runners and don’t “get” why I would want to torture myself for hours.  I get the usual questions like you run how far?  How do you do it?  I could never do that.  You’re crazy.

I thought I’d put together a few tips on how to enjoy the sport of running.  Please chime in with yours!

Have the desire:  I think the key to enjoying the sport of running is you have to want to run.  I realize a lot of people have zero desire to hit the trail or pavement, and that’s okay.  I always encourage them to find a sport they enjoy.  If you don’t like what you’re doing, there’s no point in making yourself do something you probably won’t end up sticking with.  Plus if it’s fun, it’s never feels like work!

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Invest:  If you’re willing to spend a little on a nice pair of running kicks and a race fee, chances are you will stick with it.  When I hit a tough spot in my training, the thought of wasting a race fee is usually enough to get me motivated to suck it up and keep going.

Self motivated:  Running can be a solo or team sport.  Either way, you are going to need to need a little self motivation.  One thing that always motivates me to hit up the trail is thinking about all of the hard work and training I’ve put in.  The thought of throwing it all away sends me running out the door.  Literally.  Smile

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Get comfortable being uncomfortable:  Running conditions the body and mind.  Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve developed a thicker layer of skin.  I feel like a tough superhero chick who crushes bricks for breakfast.  Okay I may have taken that one a little too far, but really I do feel like life is a lot more manageable after a run.  Turns out the toughness & uncomfortable feeling I learned to manage and power through while running actually centers and allows me to grow as a person too. People I meet have said to me that they think I have it all together. In reality, I think I’m just like everyone else. The same fears, insecurities, and limitations of anybody. Running seems to tear all that away and leaves just me, Jacqueline.

Why do you enjoy running?

How do you overcome the uncomfortable feeling?

What are 4 things you have planned for the weekend?

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6 Comments on “4 tips to enjoying the sport of running

  1. Great tips Jackie !!! I agree that when I pay those race fees i sure do not want to waste them hence I ran a 5K i signed my husband up for because he was too sick to run it LOL

  2. I think you have to accept that it’s not always going to be a great run. I think a lot of people go out, have a rough run, and then they quit. I’d say only 20% of my runs I would consider “great” the rest are either mediocre or just down right hard. I think the greatest feeling in the world though is once you finish your run – there is nothing better than the “runner’s high.” I think it is something everyone needs to experience!

  3. Great tips!! I think that first tip is key – have the desire! People always tell me that they try to like running – my response is – if you don’t like it, don’t do it – find something you like!!

  4. I enjoy running because it keeps me sane. I’m also at my happiest when I’m trail running….nothing beats it. I find that overcoming obstacles/the ‘uncomfortable’ is best overcome by diving in headfirst. An obstacle is just another reason for me to become a better runner.

    Well now that the weekend’s half over (boo), here are a few things that I’ve done and some that I still need to do: 1) Went out for dinner with the mom, 2) Ran 12+ miles along the lakefront this morning, 3) Gave a tour at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, and 4) Go to my personal training session tomorrow morning.

    Have a great rest of the weekend! 🙂

  5. Awesome tips! I love running though I am not a fast runner. I am not a “natural runner.” It is challenging every time I run but I still do!! The races that I continue to signup for keep me motivated along with so many wonderful people that I run with!

  6. The key to enjoying the benefits of running is learning to enjoy the activity of running. Running is a sport that builds fitness, increases health and promotes a healthy body weight.

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