3 Tricks to Help You Actually Enjoy Running Again

by Ally Love

Ally Love

Ally Love is a certified health coach, fitness model, NBA host, and Peloton instructor. She's also the founder of Love Squad, an online destination created to empower women through fitness and a healthy lifestyle. As a contributor for THE/THIRTY, she'll be sharing her honest perspective on staying in shape and living a truly well-rounded, healthy life. This month, she shares how she makes running a habit—even when she's feeling less than motivated.

Three years ago, I started my running journey. Previously, I couldn't even make it one mile without stopping. As a former professional dancer and studio-workout junkie, I never bothered with the idea of running, especially since it seemed quite tedious and boring. The activities I was accustomed to were a lot more colourful—at least for me.

It took some coercion by a close friend to sign up for a half-marathon as a challenge. I can't say my first half-marathon was enjoyable, but after eight more plus a couple of 10Ks, I can finally say that I'm totally in love—ok, and in hate—with running.

While I usually find pleasure in hitting the pavement, I've definitely experienced times when I don't, times when I've fallen off the wagon and am not sure if I'll ever get back on. But as with most things, somehow I always do—thanks in part to a few habits that I fall back on to get me motivated again.

Here are three simple tricks to help you enjoy running, whether you're trying to get into it for the first time or want to reestablish the habit.

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