14 Worst Parts About Being A New Runner

It doesn't matter if you're the most athletic person in the world or if you don't have an athletic bone in your body, becoming a runner sucks. As former President of the I f*cking hate running club, I can assure you that falling in love with running, though difficult, isn't impossible. Let's all bond over the 14 worst parts about being a new runner --

1. Sucking wind.

Sucking wind

Sucking wind sucks. It hurts, it burns and nothing is worse than feeling like you're going to pass out.

2. Sore muscles.

goodbye muscles

That's right, all sore muscles all the time.

3. Trying to wrap your head around the fact that 3 miles is further than you'd drive for cookie dough.

too far

3 miles feels really, really, really far right? That's because it is, it's really far.

4. Finding clothes that look good, feel good and keep you warm enough/cool enough.

light jacket

Too many layers and you're screwed. Not enough layers and you're screwed. HOW DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT TO WEAR?!?! Don't worry, you'll figure out what works for you. A good rule of thumb is to add 10 degrees to whatever temperature it is and always overdress. Better to wrap a layer around your waist than freeze.

5. Blisters.



6. Boredom.


I don't care how long you've been running, it can get really boring.

7. Talking to yourself like a crazy person.


Get used to it, you're now a crazy person.

8. Being really, really, really slow.

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Being slow is expected and you will get faster with time. Be patient.

9. Curating the perfect running playlist.


And then figuring out how not to get sick of it...

10. Random aches and pains.


Hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, butt pain...your entire body will just start hurting all the time.

11. Feeling self conscious.

dont look at me

From neighbors to strangers, you oddly get really self conscious about letting anyone see your run.

12. Side cramps.


They never go away...

13. Stressing about acknowledging other runners.

wave ignored

"Do I wave? Or do they wave? Do I smile? I'll wave, oh sh*t they didn't wave back. That was weird..."

14. Running itself.

running itself

Because running sucks when you're just getting started. But stick with it because it really does get better.

What was your least favorite part about being a new runner? Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.


Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.