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7 Ways to Make Running More Enjoyable

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We’ve all seen that person on the trail or next to us on the treadmill, smiling because they genuinely enjoy a good run. Or the coworker who can’t seem to stop talking about her latest early morning run along a new trail she just discovered. If you’re one of the many people who hate to run, hearing others talk about how much they love running can leave you wondering what you’re doing wrong. The good news is, you can learn to love (or at least not hate) running, too! Keep reading to learn seven ways to make running more enjoyable!

7. Focus on the Positive

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Don’t think about how much father you still need to go or how sore you’re going to be later or how cold the weather is. Instead, think about the positive aspects of running that you really enjoy. Focus on a time when you totally crushed a great run, and how good you felt afterward. Remember the first time you ran a full mile without stopping? Focus on that feeling! Even the smallest shift in perspective can mean the difference between dreading your daily run and actually (kind of) looking forward to it!

6. Take Walking Breaks

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Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that taking walking breaks means you aren’t a “real runner.” Walking can provide a much-needed mental and physical break and allows you to break down a longer run into more manageable intervals, making it more likely that you’ll cross the finish line. Set goals and then reward yourself for meeting them with a minute or two of fast-paced walking before you take off running again. This is also a great way for beginners to ease into running without feeling discouraged and giving up early on!

5. Get Involved in Sports

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Who says running has to be confined to a treadmill or outdoor trail? There are plenty of sports that involve running and playing a sport can be a great way to shift your focus away from exercise and onto having a bit of competitive fun. Plus, if you find a sport that you’re really motivated to get better at, you may find yourself motivated to run more often as a way to train for something you truly love! Consider joining a league with friends or coworkers and feel free to try out a few different sports while you figure out which one suits you best!

4. Find a Running Partner

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Having a friend to run with can provide some extra motivation, as well as just enough distraction to keep you going longer. Find a friend who has fitness and running goals that are similar to your own, and make a plan to pair up regularly for a long run! You’ll be surprised by how quickly the miles fly by when you’re in the company of a good friend, plus you’ll both get a little extra time to hang out together!

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