Making running enjoyable

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    May 06, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
    I run about 2 miles every day. I restarted doing this a couple months ago (been about 2 years since I ran consistently). However, I HATE every second that I am running (except for the last second). I want to continue running because it really is the best way to stay in shape, but I have to convince my self so hard to do it every day because I just don't enjoy it. Besides listening to music, anyone have any good tips on how I can enjoy it more? Or some effective alternatives to running?
  • gwuinsf

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    May 08, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    Studies are showing that long steady cardio might not be as good for you as people think.

    I would look into High Impact Interval Training (HIIT). There are a number of threads in these forums about HIIT. It's much more enjoyable IMO because you're changing things up instead of slow, steady pace. You might enjoy the Jog-Sprint-Jog pace better.

    I like to turn it into a game and see how much further I can push myself with each interval. When I'm struggling I like to pretend one of those coaches from the Biggest Loser is yelling at me to keep going.
  • Lincsbear

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    May 09, 2013 12:42 AM GMT
    I find running outdoors in the countryside so much better than on a treadmill, etc. in a gym. There`s so much to see, both natural and human, along the way. I`m increasingly going off road to keep up the variety, footpaths, river and sea banks, and using slopes, fences as obstacles to give me a better workout.

    You might like to try ruck-marching(brisk walking with a weighted rucksack or vest), cycling, or swimming as cardio alternatives to running.
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    May 09, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    Try not to think about how you're ruining your knees running.
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    May 09, 2013 2:22 AM GMT
    nckbob2011 saidI run about 2 miles every day. I restarted doing this a couple months ago (been about 2 years since I ran consistently). However, I HATE every second that I am running (except for the last second). I want to continue running because it really is the best way to stay in shape, but I have to convince my self so hard to do it every day because I just don't enjoy it. Besides listening to music, anyone have any good tips on how I can enjoy it more? Or some effective alternatives to running?


    Try changing your routine and venue, your mind and body are accustom and is becoming a chore...so run in another part of the city, another trail, close to work, in this frame your mind and body need to compensate for the new surroundings and sounds.

    I remember when I used to work in San Diego, but my commute was all the way up to San Clemente, CA. I started to run during my lunch hour going through Torrey Pines Golf course was ending down at the Torrey Pines State beach and then back at work. It was great getting out in the middle of the day from work, it energized me and got me a different perspective. Since it was becoming a chore to run after work, same old routine.
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    May 12, 2013 5:39 AM GMT
    So I use this app on my phone called Run, Zombies! Or something to that affect. It's actually kind of entertaining, sometimes I switch it up with an audio book - but changing the venue/trails seems to be what works best. My sense of exploration kicks in and I start wanting to see what's around the next corner.

  • May 13, 2013 11:29 PM GMT
    I run on a trail where a lot of shirtless, attractive guys run. I must say, the view is quite nice.
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    May 13, 2013 11:40 PM GMT
    foosballwizard saidI run on a trail where a lot of shirtless, attractive guys run. I must say, the view is quite nice.
    If foot traffic were allowed on the mountain bike trails I ride, I'd probably run on them occasionally.

    Other than that, I can't stand running at a steady pace.
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    May 13, 2013 11:57 PM GMT
    I use the runtastic app on my i-phone. I can change it up and choose different courses and music and you can set it for different intervals and it will cheer you as you go and do different things. You can use the GPS so friends can follow you on their computer and cheer you on too. I used this when I ran a race last Sunday and my family tracked where I was and cheered me on. That was pretty cool.
  • Montague

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    May 14, 2013 12:05 AM GMT
    take a bump of cocaine
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    May 14, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    When I started running (on my high school track team) a long, long time ago, it got boring sometimes. I started humming songs to myself (in my head) like Sweet Home Alabama - by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

    Oh - and I was about 15 when that song came out, I think!




  • nicelyproport...

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    May 14, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    foosballwizard saidI run on a trail where a lot of shirtless, attractive guys run. I must say, the view is quite nice.


    Same here. The sun comes out, the shirt comes off. And more often than not, I'll find myself racing another shirtless runner. The good-natured competition -- and the proximity of hot, sweaty skin -- keep things interesting.
  • madsexy

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    May 14, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
    I listen to books on tape when I'm running and run outside as often as possible. I vary my route among about six different ones I've found, so I don't find it boring hitting the same place only once a week. And I look forward to the time. And I'll admit that I find things about my route to force myself to interest me and that I'll "check up on" along my route. When I'm running inside at the gym, there damn well better be good eye candy! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 01, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    Music is key...

    and try running outdoors

    Also download the new app - Zombie run

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zombies-run!/id503519713?mt=8
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    Jun 01, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    Get a dog that likes running. It makes it fun and happy times for both parties.
  • DanOmatic

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    Jun 01, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    If you can find some single track trails nearby, that could be the key to discovering your love of running. It definitely reinvigorates my running to go run in the woods or in the mountains and to feel all alone in nature. It's also great for your microstabilizer muscles and balance.

    However, if you really hate running, maybe you should find something else: life is too short to do force yourself to do something you really dislike that much. There are other ways to stay in great shape.
  • iHavok

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    Jun 01, 2013 11:17 PM GMT
    If you do go the audio book route, Try Audible.com.
    Reasonable priced audio book membership club... SERIOUSLY! Audio books are freaking PRICY!
  • madsexy

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    Jun 02, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    iHavok saidIf you do go the audio book route, Try Audible.com.
    Reasonable priced audio book membership club... SERIOUSLY! Audio books are freaking PRICY!


    Agreed. Audible is the way to go. Great titles, most unabridged available from any service I've found.
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    Jun 02, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    This helped me improve my cardio results:

    http://www.daveywaveyfitness.com/cardio/running-uphill-vs-flat-5-reasons-to-love-the-incline

    Or, you can grab your medical dictionary and read the technical side of things...

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10862544

    Go for the incline. Get it done in fewer miles.
  • LJay

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    Jun 02, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    Walk instead?
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    Jun 02, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    definitely running outdoors. i don't know if you've experienced "runner's high" before. I do. i get it after about the 3 mi mark, then i can go on forever. it clears your head and it's like there's nothing else that matters in the world! icon_biggrin.gif

    all i can say is just stick with it, play your favorite music while you run and always keep in mind that you're on your way to a better, more cardio-fit you. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 02, 2013 4:27 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys! I've found that music definitely helps, but I've also just ran without worrying about where I go. That seems to have helped a lot. I've also found that it's become much better as I've improved my conditioning.

    For those said I should find some other ways, what are you some things you guys do in place of running?
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    Jun 02, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    i bike--- have completed insanity and p90x by beach body--- ruck--- i'm a big cardio addict
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    Jun 02, 2013 4:42 AM GMT
    Only music helps.

    And yea i agree I dislike running but I still do it
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    Jun 02, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    nckbob2011 saidThanks for the advice guys! I've found that music definitely helps, but I've also just ran without worrying about where I go. That seems to have helped a lot. I've also found that it's become much better as I've improved my conditioning.

    For those said I should find some other ways, what are you some things you guys do in place of running?

    A 'spin' class might be something to add. Stationary bike with a heavy flywheel. It'll give you hockey-player glutes if you do it right. icon_biggrin.gif
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SpinningHQ
    A heads up since the OP is my height (6'2"): The key to getting through a class comfortably is being able to get off those uncomfortable bicycle seats by standing on the pedals. The problem is the toe-cages for tennis shoes are designed for average-height people with size-9 footwear.

    The center of your foot should be centered on the pedal pivot. You want to support your weight by the center of your foot, not on your tippey-toes. If your feet are too long, ditch the foot cages and invest in bicycle shoes with quick-release clips on the bottom.

    There are more honorable reasons to wake up in the middle of the night and consider driving to the emergency room than bruizing the hell out of your ass (toes can't support my weight for an hour) in a cardio class.