How did you start being able to run longer, I can only do about 10 mins before struggling and/or getting bored x
It takes time. I’m not kidding when I say that I used to hate running. When we had to do tours and distance running during soccer conditioning I would legit hide in the woods that lined the fields bc I hated it and sucked at it so much. I didn’t start running for the purpose of enjoyment- I ran bc once you hit a certain level in competitive sports, its on you to make sure you’re in shape and conditioning is something you do on your own. It wasn’t until college I started running on my own recreationally and that was hard. I was coming off a rowing injury and wasn’t a competitive athlete anymore so I needed something to channel my athlete lol. I’ve never been a distance runner- I have great bursts of speed and sprint unexpectedly fast. I just kept trying though. I would run a few times a week, listening to my body. There’s a difference between discomfort and pain-I pushed through discomfort and if I had serious pain (I’ve got bad knees/ankle/back) I would tone it down.
10 minutes is a good start and you shouldn’t be disappointed in yourself at all. It’s fine for you to struggle on the run, when that happens, slow down a bit and get control of your breathing and your form; stop and stretch if you have to. There’s no shame in taking breaks, we’ve all done it! If you’re getting bored and that’s a reason you’re not continuing, try running somewhere that’s aesthetically captivating like a park, a trail, a nice suburban neighborhood, the beach, etc. I think every runner gets bored at some point but you just push through that and put your mind somewhere else. Having a good playlist helps too. Also here are some general tips for running that can have an impact on your experience and you should keep in mind:
- fuel/food (pre AND post run)
- core work is important for running (even though it sucks) because your core is your power center and all of your moments stem from there
- motivations (why are you running? really think about it because only you can answer that)
I hope this helped a little bit. The moral of the story is that becoming a better runner, just like improving at any task/act/hobby, takes time, consistency, and patience. I also feel like there’s this misconception that running is effortless and trust me, its not. Running hurts, any runner will tell you that so don’t think you’re supposed to look or feel a certain way while running. Obviously you shouldn’t be keeling over after 5 minutes but its normal to be running and have moments of “shit this sucks” or “hm that muscle aches.” Keep at it. Find ways to make it fun. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself physically and mentally. Anyway, good luck!