Getting winded in the first few minutes.
Probably one of the most discouraging elements of getting into a running routine is realizing that you’re not as in shape as you thought you were. I continuously find myself doing more walking or jogging than actual running. But just because you need those intermittent breaks doesn’t mean you aren’t a runner.
Two words: Sore. Muscles.
The second-day pain is real. Just make sure you’re checking in with your body as you establish your routine. A little soreness is OK, but if the pain is more intense you may have sustained a running-related injury.
Feeling overwhelmed by the copious amount of races.
Color runs, beer runs, zombie runs, princess half marathons… the list is seriously endless. However, there are some perks to picking a race. Signing up for one helps you set a goal as you get into a routine, plus there’s an opportunity to turn it into a social event by participating with your friends.
The jolting agony of waking up at 6 a.m.
My sleepy brain is constantly telling me my bed feels better than running.
Part of the reason I never got into a routine in the first place was because the exercise itself seemed extremely dull to me. Once I discovered more running-path options, I started to have more fun. However, that’s not to say that I don’t get a little bored sometimes — and that’s OK.
Creating a playlist that will consistently keep you motivated.
No, a simple music-streaming app won’t do when your lungs are on fire and your legs feel weak. You need that one specific song that will inspire you to keep going.
The fantastic feeling you get when you complete a run without stopping.