I am not a natural runner. Running is hard. I like to say that if you ever see me running, you had better be running too because either;
A. There is a Godzilla-like monster chasing after me OR
B. Someone announced that there is free cake a block away.
Motivating myself to go for a run (in case of said scenarios above) is difficult. But here are a few tips from a running novice:
- Run where no-one can see you. I am self-conscious of my running. Once, a friend of mine told me that when I ran, I reminded her of Phoebe Buffay running in Friends. I find it easier to run alone, where there are no witnesses. Recently, I found a quiet park close to my house where I can ‘run’ without an audience.
- Mix running with walking. I struggle to run for a set period of time. Thus, I walk for a distance to lower my heart rate (and chances of dying) until I feel ready to run again.
- Dress in your workout clothes ASAP. Lace up your running shoes and put on a t-shirt. It is less tempting to stay in your pajamas and binge watch Netflix for five hours this way. I find that when I am dressed to workout, I actually exercise because it’s easier to leave my house than go to my room and change clothes.
- Run during the coolest parts of the day. Temperature wise, I mean, not the actual ‘cool’ parts of your day. Running in the morning or evening makes running easier as it reduces the chances of dehydration and getting a sunburn.
- Listen to music that will make you forgive yourself for going running. Forgiveness is important. Although I feel good after I have gone for a run, I play my music loud enough to block out the curse words I say in my head.
I hope to become a better runner this year so if someone ACTUALLY announces a free cake race, I can beat all the other suckers and get a slice.