When Will I See The Results And/Or Benefits Of Running?
If you’re new to running and are trying to improve your stamina or are just wanting to lose weight with it, then it can be very frustrating waiting to see the results of your efforts.
You will likely spend the first few weeks wondering why it seems to be so difficult for you, yet everyone else can do it without a problem.
Rest assured there is nothing wrong with you. You just need to keep going with it!
If you find that you’re constantly out of breath on the run, then slow down to the point where you’re not. The aim in those first few weeks should not be setting any records. Rather you need to build yourself a base to work up from.
It won’t happen overnight, but you give yourself so much more a chance of being successful if you enjoy at least a little portion of your workout.
If you’re like me then you won’t enjoy running if it’s constantly an uphill battle.
If you slow down and catch your breath, then the run will pass much more quickly in your head.
For me it took at least 3-6 months before I started seeing proper results.
Don’t let this demotivate you!
During my first 3 months of running I made the mistake of trying to outdo myself on every single run. Eventually I hit the point where I was exhausted and deflated by what I perceived to be a lack of progress.
But then I took stock of where I was in my life.
Here I was still running 3 months. The longest I’d ever managed to sustain an exercise program in the past was 3 weeks maximum.
I hit a turning point where I knew if I slowed down a little, took it easier and actually tried to instil a love of running into my regime, then I’d serve to reap the lifelong benefits of running.
Nowadays I try to celebrate every run I do. I know each one could be my last. I’m thankful that I still have the ability to run (no matter how slow I feel I’m going).
Don’t give up.
So my advice is to keep going with your running. It might seem hopeless/worthless and pointless at the minute, but believe me it will get easier if you don’t let it beat you!
Once you make it past those first few difficult months, you’ll have established a routine that you’ll want to continue!