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Old 01-30-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
Rebecca Corbett
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Help with running

Hi all.

Here are my 2 questions about running.

1.) I've hated running for years. What can I do to enjoy it more?

2.) My hatred towards running might have to do with the fact that I feel (ok I know) that I run super slow. What can I do to become faster?

I've been doing crossfit for a couple of years now and running has NOT grown on me. I'd rather do anything than run.

I'd appreciate any tips. Thanks!
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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Re: Help with running

Why do you want to enjoy running?
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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Re: Help with running

Interval work broke up the monotony for me. 8 x 800 is way more palatable IMO than just running 4 miles.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:52 PM   #4
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Re: Help with running

Embrace it! its the only way...
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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Re: Help with running

Find an enjoyable environment (outside) and run s l o w l y ... i.e. "easy". It's hard to enjoy running if you're hurting all the time by pushing too much all the time.

Intervals are great too - and by intervals I mean 30sec-1min run, 30sec-1min walk... not a crusher 10x400m.

That being said, if you're into competition I don't believe focusing on running will generate better placings (unless you're going to the games!)... so if it's hard on your body and mentally draining then maybe don't worry about it too much!
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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Wink Re: Help with running

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Embrace it! its the only way...

hahaha. Indeed. Begin to enjoy the burn and the pain!

As the emporor said in Star Wars:

Let the hate flow through you........
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:30 AM   #7
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Re: Help with running

I used to hate running, but by sticking with it, setting small reachable goals, and always mixing it up, I got good at.

Now I like to run. Its easy to like things your good at.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:36 AM   #8
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Re: Help with running

Make running a game. Don't take it so seriously. As kids we all loved running around for no reason other than having fun. Run around a park with your kid or dog or someone you want to catch. Or walk up to someone on the street and slap them, take off running. Choose your victim wisely. You don't want them to catch you.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:47 PM   #9
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Re: Help with running

Thanks. I'll work on enjoying it more.

So how do I get faster? Just do the intervals? Sprints?
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:11 PM   #10
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Re: Help with running

Running is one of those things, you will probably only get better by doing it often - sprints, intervals, tabatas, and occasional distance runs if you want to be able to run a long ways... but running is also, unfortunately, one of the first things to go once you stop doing it all the time.
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