T he new year is in and I am sure a lot of new people are planning to get themselves to their local sports store and pick up a pair of running style sneakers, a matching t-shirt, shorts and a swanky sports jacket. Getting ready for a year of exercise is a great thing and I fully encourage it but the reality is that many of these people, and this may also be you, will go out for that first run and realise that it really really hurts, it fact running SUCKS big time!

You’ll hurt the next day and maybe give it another go at some point but then come home and stuff your face with cookies because it was so damn traumatic. Then you’ll think running REALLY SUCKS.

Determined not to let a little pain get to you you may give it another try, in-fact this may go on for a few weeks before you make the decision that “You are just not a runner” or something similar. I have seen this pattern many times with friends and I always find it very sad.

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This may not look very appealing until the whole running thing clicks!

The first few months of running do suck, especially if you expect to just get out there and be able to run. Like anything new, the body needs to learn about this strange activity and those first few months really are akin to a mountain you have to scale.

I know this isn’t exactly high level motivation advice but I just want to be realistic. You will have to work your behind off until one day, suddenly, you’ll be out running and it’ll all click. You’ll come to the realisation that you are a runner and running certainly doesn’t suck, at this point it’s not uncommon for it to become part of your life!


So whatever you do, don’t let the fact that running sucks at in the beginning deter you from pushing and doing it until the switch happens and you find yourself calling yourself a runner.

Good luck and please if you need any help or advice, ask away in the comments below.

If you are a little on the heavy side you may be interested in my post: I’m Too Fat To Run

Thanks for reading.

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When I can be I am a regular runner but I am also nothing special and certainly no elite, so in that respect I am regular too. However I do love talking about running and related things and I do have a lot of experience, over 15 years now.

10 Responses to “Running SUCKS… And Then One Day It Doesn’t!” Subscribe

  1. Brigid January 3, 2012 at 16:56 #

    Great post! Actually one of the reasons I have continued to run for 15+ years is that I REMEMBER how HARD it was to START. I never want to experience that starting from scratch feeling again, plus I grew to LOVE the runners high!

    FYI – New gymgoers may appreciate today’s post: Gym Etiquitte for Resolutionists: http://www.livebreathehuzzah.com/2012/01/03/mr-huzzah-gym-etiquette-for-the-resolutionist/

    • Forest January 3, 2012 at 17:46 #

      Hey Brigid, absolutely it needs to be kept at bay!

  2. Mike January 3, 2012 at 17:43 #

    I’ve been running off and on for about two years, but never really enjoyed it. Mostly it was just something to do when it was too crappy to ride my bike. Maybe the longest run was 3 miles

    The last few months I’ve been running more. It still sucked. Then I went for a run this weekend. 5 miles. I felt like I could go forever. I felt strong. I felt fast. It was fantastic.

    I get it now.

    • Forest January 3, 2012 at 17:46 #

      Mike, that is exactly what I am talking about :). Congratulations and welcome to the club,

  3. Jack McPheron January 4, 2012 at 01:52 #

    Extremely well put on something that can oftentimes be very difficult to comprehend. I recall absolutely hating running for two years and then it just, clicked. No rhyme or reason or crystallizing moment, it just clicked. Its a beautiful phenomenon about running. Happy Running.

    • Forest January 5, 2012 at 21:14 #

      Thanks Jack, it’s really tough to get through that initial period. All power to you for sticking at it for 2 years!

  4. Ironman April 5, 2012 at 18:26 #

    Well I for one HATE running. I am a 27 year AF Vet and the only reason I run is to pass my PT test. I am a lifelong powerlifter and can bench over 405 pounds even at my “old” age. Now THAT is fun!! Running has had some benefit at least with my muscular endurance. I can rep 225 for 30 reps on a flat bench and I did 315 for 20 reps on a decline bench so it isn’t all bad. I would rather do something a little more low impact since if I run too much it pounds me, but then again at 230 pounds I will never be a distance runner. So there you go, the good with the bad from a person that hates running and never found it to be fun! God bless you if you find it fun!

    • Forest April 17, 2012 at 23:11 #

      Hey Ironman,

      Thanks for the feedback. You are right, some people will never like running but you have persevered and at very least like the results it has given. Takes a lot of dedication!

  5. Scott June 17, 2013 at 15:35 #

    Oh the words are so true. I started at 1 mile and thought I was going to die. this was 3 months ago and today I am up to 6.25 miles and find that it is no longer a fear of mine but something I crave and think that I have not peaked yet!!

    • Forest June 17, 2013 at 17:03 #

      Hey Scott, thanks so much for commenting. I don’t write much on this site, just when I get the chance, but comments like yours drive me on.

      That’s awesome progress for 3-months and no you have not peaked. I’m running roughly one 15km and one 22km each week and do other exercise 3-4 times a week and certainly don’t feel I have peaked yet. I just love it and the only way is up!

      Please keep in touch via facebook http://Facebook.com/RegularRunner and let me know how your progress is going.

      Are you running for fitness? To loose weight? Or just as something to do?

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