tips to help you enjoy running

lauren sims tips to help you enjoy runningOne question I get asked more than almost any other is in regards to running. Favorite running shoes (I’ve done a post on that here), tips for speed/distance (see my post on that here), half marathon training tips (did a post on that here), etc. Today though I want to share a few simple tips for those of you who just don’t enjoy running, but are trying to get into it. First of all: I applaud you! That’s not an easy thing to do. Second of all: don’t worry! I’m going to share 5 simple tips to help you enjoy running, no matter where you’re at in your fitness journey.

lauren sims tips to help you enjoy runningTip #1: Start off slow

If you’ve never really run before, or haven’t worked out in a while, your heart is not in the proper condition to go out and run 5 miles. That wouldn’t be good for your heart, your muscles, or your joints. If you’ve never been much of a runner but are trying to get in shape…start off slow. Walk out your front door (or get on the treadmill), and tell yourself you’re going to go 2 miles total. Give yourself the space and the freedom to walk as much of that as you need to. Maybe it means you run 5 minutes and walk 1 minute, all the way until 2 miles. That’s still a great way to be active, and you’re still getting the miles in! Start off slow and then build from there, once that 2 miles feels manageable, and you’re actually running the majority of it.

lauren sims tips to help you enjoy running

Tip #2: Get some good jams

I personally listen to all of my music on Spotify. I’ve actually created a running playlist that y’all can look up if you need some extra motivation! (My spotify username is laurenkaysims, and the playlist is just called ‘run’). But, make a good playlist on Spotify or find a Pandora radio station to get you pumped up. I know some people who don’t prefer to run with music, and honestly, hats off to you! I couldn’t do it. Having good jams makes running SO much easier for me. Sometimes I love old school hip hop, but sometimes on a beautiful day I love listening to worship music. It totally changes my running experience

lauren sims tips to help you enjoy running3. Get a buddy

If you’re an extrovert or love being around people, having a running buddy will make it SO much more enjoyable for you. It’s a great time to have heart to heart conversations with your sister or a girlfriend and makes the run go by much quicker. I talked Michael into training for one of my half marathons with me, and it made the training so much easier to not have to do it alone. So, even if you are starting off slow…call your sister or a girlfriend and ask if she’d want to join you after work, one day a week. Then you’re getting girl time and a workout in all at the same time!lauren sims tips to help you enjoy running

4. Get the right shoes

This makes ALL the difference in the world. My personal favorite running shoes are either ASICS or Newtons – I love them both. However, every runner is different, so, what works for me might not work for you. If you’re trying to get more into running, I cannot tell you how important it is to have the right shoes. It will prevent you from getting shin splits or other injuries, and just makes running more enjoyable when your feet are happy! I highly suggest going to Luke’s Locker or RunOn! and having one of their sales associates look at your feet/watch you run. They can tell you what type of running shoe you need!5. Be consistent

I’ll be real with y’all. If you’ve never run in your life or haven’t worked out in months, your first few runs aren’t going to be fun. They will be worth it and you’ll feel amazing after it’s over, but the first few are TOUGH. The most important tip I can share with y’all to help you enjoy running, is be consistent with it. If your distance goal was 2 miles…try and make that happen 3 times a week. It might suck at first or hurt or you might hate it the first few weeks…but I promise if you are consistent with your running, it will start sucking less. It will start hurting less and you’ll find yourself breathing better and enjoying the run more. But, you can’t give up after two weeks of running! Stay consistent with it.lauren sims tips to help you enjoy runningOutfit details: Muscle tank (also available here) | Black hooded wrap | High-waisted leggings | Tennis shoes | Water bottle | Sports bra | Sunglasses

I grew up in a family of runners, and for the longest time I was like the only kid that hated running. I had other ways to stay active but I never understood the draw to running. Eventually, I did some of the exact steps I shared with y’all above: I started off slow, I stayed consistent with it…and eventually grew to LOVE it. Honestly, I don’t think running is for everyone. I think there’s people out there who just don’t like it no matter how in shape they are, and that’s fine! BUT I honestly do believe that most people can grow to appreciate and even love running. Obviously, the exercise is so good for you physically. But it’s such a stress relief for me, and such a great opportunity to just be outdoors and unplug!

Let me know if there have been other helpful things or tips to help you enjoy running! Have a wonderful week!

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14 Comments on tips to help you enjoy running

  1. Lisa
    March 20, 2017 at 7:16 am (1 month ago)

    This couldn’t have come at a better time! I got really into running for about two years but was too nervous to run while I was pregnant and still haven’t gotten back into it since having my son six months ago. I was just telling my husband yesterday that I miss how healthy and strong I felt when I was running consistently, and I really want to get back into it, once and for all! Your running posts are SO inspiring! xo

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    • laurenkaysims
      March 20, 2017 at 8:40 am (1 month ago)

      Aw I love hearing that! I can’t imagine trying to get back into it after having a baby. But yes! Just one step at a time and I’m sure you’ll get back into the swing of things in no time!

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  2. Alex
    March 20, 2017 at 8:25 am (1 month ago)

    Do you normally eat before or after you run? And what do you have?
    Love your blog!

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    • laurenkaysims
      March 20, 2017 at 8:42 am (1 month ago)

      I eat before and after haha! Beforehand I eat half a banana and almond butter (try and get in something with carbs and something with protein), and then after I eat whatever my normal breakfast is…usually a veggie egg white scramble + whole wheat toast or something like that!

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  3. Seema
    March 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm (1 month ago)

    Such a timely post! I was one who said I would NEVER be a runner but then a friend of mine encouraged me to try the Couch to 5K app and I absolutely loved the slow progression to run for 30 mins. I got out of the habit once the weather changed but I would love to start again! These are such great tips. You also inspired me to try Core Power Yoga! I’m going to my first class next week!!

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    • laurenkaysims
      March 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm (1 month ago)

      ah i’m totally going to check out that app! sounds awesome! and you are going to LOVE Corepower! it might take a few classes to get you hooked…but i am totally obsessed now – such an amazing workout!

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  4. Shannon
    March 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm (1 month ago)

    Thanks so much for this! Do you do anything different when the temps drop to stay motivated? The cold is my downfall and knocks me off schedule every season! And do you use any apps to find running routes?

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    • laurenkaysims
      March 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm (1 month ago)

      yeah it’s SO hard in the winter! i honestly run on the treadmill alot in the winter because i’m a major wimp with the cold. now that we live in CO though I’m trying to run outside as much as possible. having good cold weather running gear is key! lululemon makes amazing cold weather gear that makes the winters not so bad!
      i don’t use any apps to help me find running routes. that’s actually one of my favorite things about running – i just like to go outside and explore! if i’m not near any cool spots though or lakes or anything…sometimes i’ll just google like ‘best running trails in dallas’ or wherever i am!

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  5. Nina
    March 21, 2017 at 9:26 pm (1 month ago)

    Love the tips, thank you! Always inspiring.
    Can you post nutrition tips when your mileage increases? I always get ravenous and then defeat the purpose of the run haha;)

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    • laurenkaysims
      March 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm (1 month ago)

      yeah i need to do a post on that! just make sure you’re getting in a TON of protein! like, protein shakes, greek yogurt, tons of meat, eggs…the more protein you eat the longer you will stay feeling full!

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  6. Caley
    March 29, 2017 at 8:09 am (4 weeks ago)

    Great post! Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m going to give running another try. Same thing- grew up in a family of runners, but have never been one myself.

    My question is do you take you phone with you to listen to music? If so, what arm strap/ headphones do you recommend?

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    • laurenkaysims
      April 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm (2 weeks ago)

      yes i take my phone with me! i don’t have a strap so i just carry it. and i use beats bluetooth ear buds!

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