Running may be the most dreaded form of working out/warming up for a lot of people. It can be difficult to master and a miserable process, but it is also one of the healthiest ways to get in shape and maintain your shape. If you hate running, then check out these 3 tips below from Amanda C. Brooks, an eight-time marathon finisher, running coach and ultra passionate runner, to help you learn to love it:

1. Start walking.

When you are starting out, always walk before you run. Literally warm up to every run with at least a half mile of walking. Then take walk breaks while you run to allow you to spend more time running. Over time, you’ll decrease the breaks but always keep the warm-up.

2. Slow down.

Stop trying to go so far or so fast on day one … or day 30 for that matter! When you find you can’t breathe, slow down. When you find you just can’t break a distance barrier, slow down. When running sounds like something awful to do, slow down. Eventually this all leads to speeding up, but you need a base first.

3. Join a running group.

Many people are afraid to join a running group because they might be the slowest person there. As someone who has moved a lot and tested out a lot of groups, I can tell you there are always walkers, there are always superstars, and everyone is welcoming.

If you happen upon an unfriendly group, high-tail it out of there and find another group. Nothing will keep you showing up for runs like having friends or even acquaintances who expect you to be there.


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