Running is a lot of fun, we all know that, but many runners seem to focus too much on going as fast as possible, beating records, and they are glued to their GPS watches that tell give them all these stats about speed, distance crossed, time spent, etc. It’s one thing if you are training for a race, but a completely different one if you are running just to keep stay in shape and be healthy. That’s why our first piece of advice of the Eccleshill “Road Runners” would be to relax and try to have fun when running.
Try to enjoy running more when training – leave your GPS alone
Those that take up running too seriously, too quickly, and start keeping track of their best times, best laps, best speed, and what’s more if they start comparing themselves to professional runners, will quickly lose interest in running. A runner who is a beginner isn’t as good as those with years of training and experience running. That’s why it’s important that you enjoy running just for the sake of running, at least at first.
Don’t start comparing yourself to others right away after you start running because if you do, you might lose interest once you see in what kind of shape you are. Competitiveness is an excellent motivation, but if you are highly competitive, you might end up disappointed at the start and give up. Start running because it’s good for your health, and because it’s fun. Then after focus on winning races after you’ve trained for some time. Heck, same thing applies for more advanced runners. Don’t forget that you started running because it was fun and good for you. Don’t let it turn into an unhealthy obsession.