Why You Hate Running

People hate running, they just do and honestly I understand why. I used to hide in the bushes to get out of running the mile in school. That's not a joke. I used to go to elaborate lengths to get out of running. Yet I had this image of what a runner looked like --  they were tall and fit. I wanted to look like that. (Turns out I confused runners body for supermodel body and running won't make you look like a supermodel -- only your genes will do that.) I spent 23 years hating running so according to the 10 year rule, I am an expert in running hatred. Here is why you hate running:

You Hate People Telling You What To Do.

Why You Hate Running

I hate people telling me what to do. (The hypocrisy of this blog and the fact that I tell people what to do all day every day is not lost on me.) If you're a new runner, you're going to do a lot of listening to other runners because runners love to talk about running. Basically they'll tell you everything you're doing wrong. It will drive you insane.

It’s Hard.

Why You Hate Running

Running sucks. It's hard, it's painful and it's uncomfortable. I'm right there with you. When I lived in San Diego I cried on the side of the road at least once a month whenever I realized I was still at least 6 miles from home. And can we talk about those people who make running look effortless. When you're getting started they're the last people you want to see as you're wheezing and a stone throw away from passing out. (DISCLAIMER: It does get easier. Trust me, I wouldn't lie to you. In due time you'll be bouncing down the road winking at the new runners as well.)

You're Not A Runner.

Why You Hate Running

"I'm not a runner." That's so weird, neither was I! Let me rephrase this one for you, "You're not a runner...yet." Becoming a runner is hart, you just have to want to try. Now if you don't want to become a runner then you go Glen Coco, you live your life! I can tell you from experience that you won't regret it.

It’s Uncomfortable.

Why You Hate Running

This one's a double edged sword because running is almost always uncomfortable. Not wanting to deal with discomfort is a bad excuse. Remember this, it's in discomfort that change lives. Learn to love to be uncomfortable because it's your body's way of telling your brain you're a bad ass.

You Have A Big Ego. Such A Huge Ego.

Why You Hate Running

I have a big ego and those first few weeks of running really sucker punched me straight in my hope. I mean, I wasn't out of shape necessarily. I went to the gym five days a week. But when I couldn't make it to the end of my block without feeling like I was going to die...that hurt. That hurt physically and emotionally. But if you're an ego person, eventually being able to put a 13.1 or 26.2 sticker on your car or post a finish line picture on Instagram saying, "Look what I did and it's only 10 in the morning!" will do wonders for that once bruised ego. Good things come to those who wait.

You’re Out Of Shape.

Why You Hate Running

Running really sucks if you're out of shape. It's going to be hard, it's going to try you emotionally and it's going to be painful. But you have to believe in yourself and care enough to stick with it, I promise it gets easier and every step will be worth it. Don't compare yourself to anyone and take it one day at a time. Is it going to be harder for you? Yes. But that day that you're able to run 1, 3, or even 6 miles without stopping will change your life. You can do it. Time flies when you're in pain so stick with it. (Wait I think it's fun...well,

You’re In Shape.

Why You Hate Running

Here's a curve ball, running sucks even if you're in shape! Running will teach you a thing or two about patience and self respect, that is just a fact. But once again that bruised ego will grow back stronger than ever if you can stick with it. There's no easy way to fall in love with running. The only way is to put one foot in front of the other.

Running Is Boring.

Why You Hate Running

I got nothing for this one because you're right. Running can be really, really boring. But it's one of the reasons I love running...it's my only alone time. I can daydream, listen to music, or just turn my brain off. If you're a parent, it's an hour or two of silence. After working a 10-12 hour day, sometimes all I want to do is run really far away from everything that is happening in my life. I started running as a way to run from my problems and I am still running from them today. Sometimes boring is nice.

You’re Impatient.

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Running will teach you is patience. I'm impatient. I want results yesterday. I am the type of person who will read the last chapter of a book or fast forward a movie for spoilers before watching it all the way through. That's how impatient I am. So I get it, running is really hard for someone who isn't keen on slowly learning to like running. But it can be done! Stick with it, patience is good for you. Just ask my friends, I'm a lot easier to travel with or hang out with because I learned how to be patient.

Don’t Want to Walk.

Why You Hate Running

If you're learning to run, you're going to spend a lot of time walking. I hated spending time walking because it didn't feel like working out...It felt like walking. You have to walk before you can run. It's a fact of the running world. But it's a very brief portion of your running journey, so if you can make it through you'll be doing less walken' and more runnin' in no time.

You Have Bad Knees, Ankles, Hips (Etc. Etc. Etc.)

Why You Hate Running

These are all really great reasons not to run...incorrectly. There's a line between "bad knees" and actual bad knees. If you have "bad knees" then go see a physical therapist! You'd be amazed at what those magicians can do to your body. (But always listen to your body.)

You Get Flashbacks to High School Gym Class.

Why You Hate Running

I hear ya, whenever someone gets a stopwatch out I run very fast in the opposite direction. It's a kinesthetic response. Running in real life is nothing like running in gym class. It's 10 times more fun! (Why is that? What are gym teachers around the country doing wrong?)

You’re Not Athletic.

Why You Hate Running

Not athletic? ME NEITHER! There's hope for you yet! Some people were born itching to be active. They ran before they could walk. If you're not athletic it just means you have to dig a little deeper and push a little harder to find your ease. But you'll find it. It's not impossible. I'm living proof.

You Care About Your Dignity.

Why You Hate Running

Does not being able to run a mile hurt your soul? Make you feel kind of sh*tty? Yeah, it made me feel pretty sh*tty too. But the payoff is the look people give you once you become a runner and you tell them how far you run. "I'm gonna head home, I have a 15 mile run tomorrow morning." You watch their jaw hit the floor and you walk out feeling like a total bad ass. It's worth it. Sticking through the pain and discomfort is worth it just for that reaction.

There is only one thing you need to learn to not hate running -- you have to want to run. If you don't want to run, you're not going to run. Running isn't something you do just to stay in shape. You'll inevitably fall in love with everything that running does to you physically and mentally. Now wait, before you throw those walls up hear me out. I know you hate running. I hated running. I tried running for years and did the same walk of shame back home time and time again after each failed attempt. But I didn't want to run or need to run, I just wanted to try to run. You need a goal and you need to give it just 4 short weeks.

So if you want to become a runner, here's my advice to you. Download the app RunKeeper and set a goal. If not, hate on. I get it. Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat. 


Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.