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I'm a non runner who started running. Here's how I did it.

I'm a non runner who started running. Here's how I did it.

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I’ve been into running lately. Ever since my life transition left me without a proper gym, I have been taking advantage of the summer sun (and sometimes rain if you can relate to how crazy the weather is in Texas). I’ve never been a fan of running. I'm a non runner who started running, well, weeks ago. It hurts. It’s long. It makes me feel like I’m gonna cough up a lung. But when I finish, runner’s high is like nothing else in this world. How I learned to love running, even when I hated it.

Since I started to run more, I reached my first goal of running 3 miles. What's more, I finished two 3 mile runs. Both times, it felt awesome. Nevertheless, I make it a point to run at least 2 miles each time I run for distance. The minimum used to be 1 mile but now that I know that I can run for at least two miles, I strive for two. Sometimes it’s hard. Other days, it feels like nothing (and those are the days that I run 3 miles). I guess it’s because I can’t afford for my brain to think it can start relaxing at two miles when I know I have 1 more mile to go. My goal is to run a 5K soon and then, by the end of the year, I want to run a 10K. My 1st hardcore goal is to run a half marathon next year. If I keep this up, I’ll be well on my way to completing that half marathon. But I must focus.

Focus is definitely key if you're a non runner who started running this year. You must focus on breathing, focus your mind to keep it from panicking, focus your eyes on something to keep your mind off the distance. Running still isn’t easy for me. And I am, by no means, a fast runner. And I’m okay with this.

I'm a non runner who started running, and it isn't as bad as I thought

This challenge is necessary not only for my body but for my mind. Because it’s weird what I think about in order to keep myself going. I think of how some people don’t even have access to their legs and are unable to run. I think of my grandmother who hasn’t really taken care of herself and is now in bad health conditions because of it. I think of my future children and how I want to be able to keep up with them and teach them how to make healthy life choices. I want better for myself and that’s what this whole lifestyle is about for me.

This post about being a non runner who started running was written by PumpUp member @ohmyitschels. Check out Chelsie’s YouTube page here.

Dislike Running? You Won't Anymore! (We Promise)

Guest blog by Siya Natseva. Follow Siya on her blog, PumpUp (@cinnamonontop), and Instagram (@cinnamonontop8).

An active runner? A beginner? A runner-to-be? A runner-to-never-be? Regardless of how you describe yourself, I’m sure we agree that running has an unfairly bad reputation. It’s often reduced to a treadmill in a confined space. In our minds, running is the definition of ‘boring’! One foot in front of the other, to eternity and back. But running shouldn’t be mundane. Let’s see how…

(Photo : omghowgirl)

1.    Music is the solution to every problem!

Your grandparents may not grasp the idea of blocking your hearing by means of headphones and a blast of sound, but for the 21st century kid musical accompaniment is a must. Running is no exception. When you focus on your favourite song versus the fact you’re drenched in sweat and exhausted, you…forget that you’re drenched in sweat and exhausted! Create a playlist to at least cover your estimated jog duration. You should aim for upbeat songs, not devastating rock ballads. Don’t be fooled: I’m a rock chick but I can’t imagine myself pumping it up (see what I did there?) to Bon Jovi’s ‘Always’.

2. Changing Gears    

Due to its nature, running can become a tedious form of working out. This is particularly true when you discover a comfortable pace and settle for it. In this sense, upping the speed and / or length of your training is crucial. In addition - the changing gears part – you can modify your pace. Run fast for, say, three minutes and then lower your speed for three minutes. No hardcore interval training required; small adjustments make a difference. In this case, you’ll also benefit from a balanced music list. Harmonise your jogging with it.

3.  The oh-so-important scenery

Running is what we ought to complete in the gym before the real deal happens. Perhaps this is your error. Running needn’t be done in the gym with air being scarce and people killing themselves on the machines. Visit the local park. Is there a secluded area which can serve as your running ground? Running in the open is a life saver. Having a jog, whereby you connect with nature, is beneficial in numerous ways. And, hey, there’s plenty of oxygen to feed your cells! New locations are a distraction from your physical discomfort and lead to better results!

4. Empty your head   

Running is an effective stress-reliever. You can test this statement by fully concentrating on…you. Ditching technology isn’t half bad. We live in an extraordinarily hectic world and have to remind ourselves to breathe, embrace the moment and enjoy it. Free yourself of thoughts and simply run. Pay no attention to anything or anyone. Listen to your breathing and admire what you’re capable of! You’ll be surprised to feel extremely refreshed and worry-free after a run which is about you and you alone. Need to resolve an issue? By ridding yourself of mental effort, you’re likely to do so without even realising it!

5.  Buddy Up

For those afraid of solitary confinement, teaming up with a friend may be what you need. Unlike other sports – notably swimming - running provides you with the opportunity to socialise! Having a companion will transform running into a fun activity that you participate in together. Sometimes the best workouts are those that don’t resemble a workout in the slightest. It’s certainly worth attempting, especially if you lose motivation quickly, for it’ll awake your competition spirit. You’ll be discouraged from whining and quitting. Instead, you’ll be invested in burning calories, toning up your body and catching up on gossip! 

(Photo: Starling Fitness)

About Siya

Howdy, PumpUps!

My name is Siya. I’m 27 years young, with a passion for a healthy lifestyle, including a love for nutritious food and an active routine. Having struggled with my weight for years, it would be incredibly rewarding to me to support others and inspire them to prioritise their health instead of their appearance. I’m currently working out at home and can relate to those on a tight budget. An aspiring blogger and writer, I’ve recently started a blog where I share simple recipes and exercises, and promote a positive body image. I welcome advice from like-minded fitness enthusiasts, for I believe one can never know enough. Hit me up and let’s ace this!