If you’re starting out as a runner and having a very difficult time with it, be assured that running does get easier in both a physical and mental sense.
When I first started running on the treadmill in 2010, I struggled to run for a kilometre without struggling for breath. I couldn’t understand how anyone could keep running up for 26.2 miles to complete a marathon. It just seemed impossible.
Over time and with much patience, running became easier.
I started with a kilometre and built it up to a mile. That mile became 5k. The 5k became 10k. The 10k a half marathon.
And then the “impossible” happened. I completed my first ever marathon in May 2011 and I haven’t looked back since.
How To Make Running Easier For Yourself
The biggest mistake that most newbie runners make is to start running too quickly. This was certainly the case with myself. I remember going to the gym and deliberately setting the treadmill to a higher speed than I was comfortable with as I wanted to impress my peers.
This didn’t help me progress with running or make it easier.
Running only got easier over practice. The more I ran, the more my body adapted to the exercise and the more I wanted to do it.
Soon enough I was addicted and actually wanted to run as much as possible.
Ignore Those Who Say That Running Shouldn’t Be Easy
It’s taken me 3 years to realise that I didn’t actually hate running in gym class.
I just hated the pain that I associated with it.
If you associate something with pain and misery, then you won’t want to do it unless you’re a fucking sadist. There are those out there who believe that exercise should all be about testing your body to the limits each time and purging laziness from your body.
This isn’t helpful for most ordinary people who want to enjoy their lives. This isn’t the year 1600 for fuck’s sake.
You can exercise and have a good time. Anyone who tells you differently is a bit of an asshole.
How Running Has Got Easier For Me Overtime
As of October 2013 I’ve been running for almost 3 years now and I never thought that runner would be this easy.
I can complete half marathons without much hassle. I’m becoming stronger in marathons too.
I no longer worry about collapsing on the run like I did in my first year. I had so many bad runs in my first few months that I thought it’d always be as tough.
It doesn’t have to be!
If you’re starting out as a runner, you can and will begin to enjoy most of your runs if you keep working at it.
All it takes is a little consistency!
In terms of consistency, I started out in 2011 by running 4 times a week, with a long run of 5 miles and short runs between 3 and 4 miles.
As of 2013 I now run only 3 times a week but I continue on for a lot longer thanks to hill and speed work. My short runs are between 8 and 10 miles and my long run tends to hit between 16 and 18 at the weekend.
I would never have thought that it would have been possible to carry on that long when I was first starting out as a runner.
Does Running Ever Become Enjoyable?
I can only speak from my own personal perspective here, but yes it does!
After you’ve trained for quite a while, running becomes your 2nd nature. Instead of viewing it as an exercise that you have to do, you’ll actively seek it out and want to run!
How long will this take?
For me it took 2 years of running consistently to get to the point where running truly became enjoyable.
Your legs eventually become strong enough where running doesn’t hurt anymore and your mind & soul will bask in the joy of the great outdoors.
It will get better if you just keep with it!
The real sign that I had started to enjoy running was when I started running on holiday. Normally my vacations are reserved primarily for drinking, relaxing and reading. In October 2011 for the first time ever I went for a run along the beach in Monte Gordo, Portugal.
The experience was less than ideal as I got my foot caught in the sand and ended up twisting my ankle.
I now run to travel and see new places and make new friends.
My life is so much richer because of it.