How to Get Into Running If You Hate Running

If you clicked this and thought I was about to educate you about doing any physical exercise, you were wrong. I know my limitations so I recruited someone much better than me to write this: Bri from Back to Bliss

I asked Bri to help me get the ball rolling on achieving one of my 30 Before 30 goals by writing about how to get into running. I’ve always hated running and to say that I lack proper form is a gross understatement.

Still, it’s a skill I’m envious of and I desperately want to learn how to love it. In honor of this post, I even tried to go for a run yesterday. It was about 3 miles and only one mile was running. According to Bri, that’s a good start! *pats herself on the back*

Take it away, Bri!

Hello, Bri Bliss here! I blog over at Back to Bliss & Nadine asked me to talk to you today about how I got into running.

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Let me be clear, I never imagined myself as a runner. Correction – I imagined it… but I was never willing to put the work in to actually make it happen. After I had my daughter, I knew that I needed to do something drastic to get back into shape. Before I knew it, I was signed up for a 5K and committed to running 3.1 miles. 

At that point, I was determined to finish it without walking and my time goal was 33 minutes, or an 11 minute mile. I ended up crushing that 5K and then went on to sign up for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon (less than 3 weeks away! eek!) I’m by no means an expert on running, but I have learned a lot through trial and error over the past 8 months. So without further adieu, here are my tips on becoming a runner…

Start Slow

Every other time I had tried to become a runner, I went out fast & hard. Mistake! The easiest way to start running is to do intervals. I started with 2:30 of running, followed by 2:30 of walking. As I built my endurance, I gradually increased my running time & decreased my walking intervals. I celebrated every accomplishment along the way – running for a mile straight, running for 15 minutes, completing a 5K. Everything was an important step.

Invest in Quality Gear

I’m always looking for an excuse to shop & a new hobby/lifestyle is a great reason! The most important piece of gear is sneakers. I started out in Nike Free Rides, but now that I’ve increased my mileage, I run in Mizuno Wave Riders. Here are some of my other running gear essentials:

Nike Free Ride 4.0 // Lululemon Pace Skirt
GapFit Breathe Shirt // GapFit gFast Capris

The best way to get motivated is to sign up for a race. I’m not sure if I’d have stuck with it if I wasn’t signed up for that 5K and I’m positive that I wouldn’t be running 10 miles on Saturday if it wasn’t for my upcoming half marathon!

Read Up

I’ve learned A LOT about running from reading blogs. It’s a more personal way to get training tips & to get introduced to new products/events. I started by reading Skinny Runner & then met her BFF, Monica. My favorite is Hungry Runner Girl though, because she has a daughter who is only 10 days older than mine and shares just as many pictures! 

Bask in the Results

My last tip is to bask in your results! If you stick with it, running will transform your body! I’ve lost 15 pounds, dropped a pants size & have more muscle than ever. Seriously, my legs are almost as sexy as Carrie Underwood’s & who doesn’t want that going into shorts season?

September 2012 // March 2013 

What are you waiting for? Get out there & run!

And don’t forget to go visit Bri! I’m sure I’ll be thanking her when I’ve got some sexy Carrie Underwood legs too.  


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  • Thanks for posting! I need to start running. well I probably need to start with jogging lol

  • So excited over this guest post! Becomming a runner is something I envision, like a pipe dream, but I’m like a remedial runner. I run for a solid minute and I want to die. I just need to keep telling myself to keep going. If you don’t have it, download the C25K app. It’s an interval program. I only did one day and then got side tracked but it’s time to get back at it! Thanks!!

  • Even as a child, I would get horrible cramps if I ran more than a couple minutes. It’s sad cuz I’d LOVE to run and get in better shape…I feel silly at the gym walking on the treadmill but it’s better than NO exercise. Guess I’ll have to try this interval thing out.

  • I read the title of this post and thought you were talking to me… thanks for the tips. I need to motivate myself!!

  • love this! i always WANT to like running, but i just don’t! last year i signed up for the color run in philly (5k) and ran the whole thing, and i’m doing it again this year…i need to get my butt in gear, i ran once last week and once this week …but barely ran 2 miles straight! eeek! checking out Bri’s blog now!

  • great tips! i’m not a runner, but i think these tips are great for anyone getting into a new exercise routine. it’s definitely important to start slow so you can learn what works for you and not burn out immediately.

  • Great post! I have to sign up for races to give me motivation too 🙂 My 5k is just a few days away, and my only goal is to run the whole thing. The last time I did it, I was running a ten minute mile, but I will probably be doing more of a twelve this time, and I’m perfectly fine with that!

  • Oh this makes me want to skip out of work and go for a run! Great post, love the tips!! I’ve got a race this coming weekend, they’re lots of fun and the energy there always helps my pace! Keep up the hard work, you look great 🙂

  • This post is great! I’m always telling everyone how I want to be a runner, and I can picture myself running and having a blast.. but that’s as far as it gets. I am a horrible runner, and have absolutely no stamina. I downloaded the couch to 5k app on my phone, but haven’t started it.. and I’ve had it for a few months ha ha. I really need to get my butt in gear!

  • I love to run, this was super great to read!!! 3 years ago, I could barely run a mile and now I have completed 2 half marathons and continue to run leisurely each week….you will be amazing lady at what you can do (mind over matter) is a great to think about. You can do it xoxo

    Dinah @ Sunshine super glam

  • Thank you for sharing! I keep trying to love running and sometimes I think I do and sometimes I hate it. Such a work in progress!

  • Amazing tips! I would love to start running but the weather here in Canada is not doing it 🙁 I would definitely try to start running as soon as the weather gets better. Gives me more excuses to shop pretty workout clothes!

  • Love this post! It took me a long time to get into running and I do better in warm weather than cold weather so I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggled with it!

  • she looks great!!! that is one of my favorite friends episodes!

  • I did the C25K app and it totally worked! Bri is totally right about building your endurance. I just started about 9 weeks ago and I’m super proud of myself. I hope I get the Carrie Underwood legs though–they have yet to appear!!

  • Thanks for posting this to both of you! I go in spurts. Right now i found that I enjoy running outside and NOT on a treadmill that helps. Having a rain coat and good clothes definitely helps too! I’ve found myself getting better over time and having more endurance so thanks for even more tips!

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