I am not athletic at all and I just started running seriously this week. I am out of shape and yeah it hurst but how can you not love it. That high you get when you just finished a tough training work out. So I can really say that I started enjoying running this week because I took it seriously and had fun with it.
In HS I was tops in all the Presidential Physical Fitness awards and held many school records. But I could NOT run the mile in the allotted time so failed to get the covered 'patch' that I wanted.
Fast forward 30 years. Yup, 48 yrs old last year and decided I would try the C25k program. LOVED it! But winter came ( I live in N. Minnesota) and I quit running in October. I have felt my body slowly slide back to slothlike and soft. And have hated it! Soooooo, I'm back with the program and I can hardly WAIT for each night after work to get my shoes on and get outside and move around. I'm so sad I quit for several months. But I find that I am just CRAVING the runs now. Plus it's like having psychotheapy sessions without the nasty fees!
It's very hard to explain, but I love it now more than I did last summer, when I actually DID get in pretty good shape. So, slowly I reclimb the ladder. And come next winter, I am NOT going to quit!
I don't know that I have ever enjoyed running itself, but I always enjoy setting goals and planning how to meet them and working toward them. The process of development is enjoyable and seeing potential and striving to reach it.
When I was a kid I LOVED running. I would run everywhere and race my brother to school. I would tease the boys so they would chase me and I would outrun them ... fast forward 20 years .... When I started running again at 34 I enjoyed the concept of running/training for a 5k. But I didn't really ENJOY running until about 6 weeks into a marathon training program when I went for a long run in the forest. It was the first time a run just felt good. Since then I get that feeling at least briefly in almost every long run I do (except track workouts!). I found I don't really relax and 'enjoy' the run until after about 3 - 4 miles though.
I hated running when I first started. I would say I didn't really enjoy it until I ran my first 5k, about 6 months between when I started and the race. Once that was behind me, I started to realize that maybe I did enjoy running, even though it was very hard for me! Now, even when a run is challanging, I know that I love to run.
I started running last week and have enojyed everyday! (all two of them)
1.7 miles on the treadmill for 15 minutes - and - 3 miles at night for 22mins 30 secs.
Like many of the others I enjoyed running from the very beginning!!! I had never run and happen upon the C25K program and decided to give it a try. I enjoyed it so much and after completing the program I ran a 5K. Unfortunately I stopped running after that race but always longed to start again. I would admire the runners I would see on the road and say I would get back to running. It's the only form of exercise (well, I enjoy step-aerobics too) that I can say I long to do. So, last week I finally started the C25K program again and I'm truly loving it!!! I hope not to stop running this time.
Hey, I can relate to that. I have been running for about 6 weeks now. Its been a real killer. I don't really like running but my Aunt and Uncle (who I live with) are making me run for cross country for school ( first year of high school) and I hate it right now!! It's is getting a little better but if you can give me some words of encouragment that would help!!!!!!!
I hated my first season running track, as I went into it with no preparation and wasn't the slightest bit competitive. After running that summer to get ready for cross-country in the fall, I loved the next season.
So, I didn't enjoy it until I started working a lot harder at it.
Wait what's this??? You're suppose to enjoy running???!! Get out! Sorry my stupid sense of humor. I know when I'm running I can't wait to finish and when I'm finished I can't wait to do it again. So I am no help as you can see.
Wow. well, I'll have to say the first time I hit the ground running! I started in Track in highschool...so it began as something I loved...I have gone back and forth over the years, but am now actively trying to up my mileage. I visit this other site www.traxee.com ( a women's running site) and it has really been a helpful tool, with all its cool logging stuff, but also with motivation...I think one of the site experts started when she was in her 30's as a smoker...her life has def turned around...I wonder if that sucked?! Anyway, good Q...and fun responses.
It took me about 6 months, although I've been running for about 18 years, I never enjoyed it. As a matter of fact I really hated it, but had to run out of neccessity (military career). I became serioius about 3 years ago and started a training program and adding distance. About 6 months after that I REALLY started enjoying it. Long runs in the early mornings. WOW. Nothing compares.
Some people do take to it like a fish to water - there are always naturals. For myself it took a good two months or so before it kicked in as enjoyable and a little longer before it became a neon king kong.