Talk to any relationship counselor and they might say something like, “Love takes effort.” Well, when it comes to your relationship with running, I might say that a truer phrase has never been spoken.
It seems to be the case that most people either love or hate to run — there isn’t much middle ground. Running either represents glorious freedom or grueling punishment depending on who you ask. No doubt, some people are definitely born to run and don’t think twice about using the extra 30 minutes in their day to go out for a jog. For others, it doesn’t feel like the physical stress of exercise is the best way to balance the general stress of their day — especially during the wildly unpredictable times we’re currently navigating.
If you’re in that second camp, let me just say — you’re not alone. But if you reframe what it means to go out for a run, or even what it means to be a runner in the first place, maybe you can start to see it as less of a hurdle and more of an open course for you to define.
Before we get to the good stuff, it’s always wise to assess your equipment—your trusty running shoes! If you’re in need of new ones, our favorites for just about any runner of any level are the Ride and Guide. They’ve got the perfect blend of lightweight and springy cushioning that lets you lace up and focus on nothing but the road ahead.
Now, here are some running tips to consider:
So, there you have it — a few tips and tricks for how to change your perspective on running. Remember that even though you can choose to make it competitive, running itself doesn’t mean racing. It just means putting one foot in front of the other, over and over again. How fast you choose to do it is up to you, and walking is completely fine. And if you decide to give it a shot and stick with it for a few weeks, we guarantee it will start to feel easier and you might even feel a hint of excitement as you lace up and head out. Just like with any relationship, it’ll take time until you feel comfortable saying the big “L” word. And let’s be real — maybe you won’t ever get to that point. And that’s okay too. Because the beauty of running or walking is that it’ll always be there for you when you need it. Even if you need to take a break every once in a while.
Lidia Setiawan is one of a growing number of people from the Deaf community who regularly take part in parkrun. I am 47 and I began my parkrun journey in 2016. I was inspired to go along by my friends posting about their weekly parkrun activity on social media and my husband, Ian, encouraged…
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