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Finding the Will to Run

How to Avoid Procrastination and Get Off the Couch!

© 2013 Michelle Rebecca; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

Running on the track; photo © Michelle Rebecca

If you’re new to the world of running, it can be really hard to get going. But few who have become dedicated runners regret the decision to take it up in the first place. Of course there are days where you find it difficult to be motivated. Here are some tips to help you find the will to get out and run.

Before You Run

It’s a good idea to warm up your muscles in order to prevent injury. Be sure you are well hydrated, especially in warm weather. Your body can lose water through sweat much faster than it can absorb it through your gut, so do not wait until the last minute to gulp some down.

Remember: no one becomes a long distance runner overnight. It’s very important to take your time and let your body get used to running. Also be sure you are using the correct running form in order to prevent injury.

Getting Started If You’re Not An Avid Runner

First and foremost, running is more than the punishment laps you took in your high school gym class. Running is one of the best ways to lose weight and maintain a healthy body.

It strengthens the legs and gives the body a higher level of endurance. Still, it can be rather intimidating to those unaccustomed to a good morning jog.

One of the most popular programs for getting started is the “couch to 5K“. Many newer runners opt for similar running programs that slowly help them get used to running. In general, the idea is to run so many seconds and then walk so many seconds, until you do intervals over a period of minutes.

Eventually, the body gets used to running for longer and longer stretches until frequent breaks are no longer necessary. Another popular strategy is the walk/run. Start by alternating walking a block and then running a block. You will increase the distance over time.

Find Excuses To Run From Place To Place

Take that phrase “Gotta Run!” literally. If the opportunity presents itself, you can run from place to place instead of going for a drive. Even turn it into a game if you want to.

Bet a friend that whoever makes it to the Texas mustang parts at the end of the sidewalk doesn’t have to buy lunch. The more you get used to running and find fun reasons to do so, the more you’ll find that you enjoy it.

Do It For Someone You Love

Love can be a powerful motivator to try something out of the ordinary. Many people run for charities and to fund research that hopes to cure life-threatening illnesses. If you are interested in trying to run but aren’t necessarily motivated to do it for yourself, perhaps it would be wise to consider doing it for a loved one.

Even if the charities and research programs in question don’t implicate you directly, that doesn’t mean you can’t participate. This doesn’t just apply to training; almost all races, from the local 5K to the marathon benefit a charity.

And When You Don’t Feel Like Running

Think of all the wonderful things being able to run has done for you. What the ability to run means to you. Or even what it would mean to others who would like to, but can’t. Think back, if applicable, to a time when you never dreamed you’d be able to run as far as you have.

Review your running log (I hope you keep one; if you don’t, start one). Running logs are one of your best sources of inspiration.

Run with friends. If you turn your sport into a social activity you will find yourself looking forward to your workouts more and more. Check around your community for running clubs; you might be surprised at what you find!

There are many reasons to run. Find your reason and you’ll often find your will to run not too far behind.

About the Author:

Michelle is a blogger and freelancer. She’s written about almost every topic under the sun, and loves constantly learning about new subjects and industries while she’s writing. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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