So you want to start running. Good for you! You’ve taken the first step in becoming a runner. You’ve made the decision to start. That’s half the battle! The bad news is, the other half is the hard part. When I first started running, it was so hard for me to go longer than five minutes. Five minutes! That’s nothing. Now I’m all, “30 minutes? Let’s go for 45!” If you want to learn how to run without stopping, then you have come to the right place.
I’m not the fastest, but I do have a lot of endurance. My success isn’t because I am naturally gifted at running. Oh no. Definitely not. I had to work my way up to where I am now. I will give you tons of motivators to get you off the couch and to make you stay in motion while you are out on your run. You can last the full 30 minutes. I promise you have it in you!
It’s not a marathon.
Some people think that “running” means sprinting. This is so not true. The way I started out was by jogging very, very slowly. I was not a runner, and now I’m training for my first 5k! It starts with small steps, people. Literally! If you feel yourself getting winded, don’t just stop completely. All you have to do is slow your roll a little. You don’t need to make it to your end point in record time. You just need to make it.
Imagine Adam Levine is at the end point.
And he won’t stay there unless you finish your run without walking.
What if he really was there, though?!
He won’t want you unless you are in tip top shape. Motivator.
Yell at yourself.
I do this all the time. When I feel like quitting, I start yelling at myself inside my head. I get mean, too, guys. I’m like, “Stopping won’t make you lose that arm jiggle,” or “Walking is for failures. Are you going to be a failure? ARE YOU?!” It’s probably not the healthiest motivator. But it works.
You aren’t tired. I promise.
You just think you are. Your body isn’t used to working out as hard, so it’s telling to you stop. The thing is, you are only working out for 30 minutes a day. Keep telling yourself that you have the other 23 and 1/2 hours of the day to rest.
My sister is my roommate and she holds me accountable for running. If I am feeling extra lazy, she will tell me that I’ll feel better after I run. And she’s right! Running instantly puts you in a good mood and gives you tons of energy.
Summer is hot on our heels, you guys. Lace up those running shoes and be proud to flaunt your beautiful self at the pool this summer!
To be healthy.
If nothing else, motivate yourself to get healthy. Running is an excellent form of exercise to make you more toned, lean, and healthy. Whether you are overweight, want to shed a few pounds, or just feel flabby, running will fix all of that!