I’m terrible at running.
(When I say “running”, I really mean jogging. Not a full-out sprint, or anything stupid like that. I mean a light run-speed that gets the heart pumping and the sweat flowing. Though I’m pretty bad at sprinting too.)
I’ve always been bad at it, and always really disliked it. Then one day, I decided to FORCE myself to run. One of the best terribly awful days of my life.
I stretched for maybe 45 seconds, put on some river-shoes, and bolted out the apartment complex. Not 90 seconds later I was winded, hurting, and pissed. I thought - “NEVER AGAIN.” Then walked home.
Get over it.
The next day I wasn’t sore and miraculously decided to try it again. Instead of 90 seconds of running, I did 3 minutes of quick-jogging, and 3 minutes of walking. I was pretty proud, and started feeling the chemical and physical effects of the exercise.
A buddy of mine showed me “Couch to 5K” - http://www.c25k.com/ and I can affirm that their plan works - it’s essentially what I was doing. They even have smartphone apps, it’s an extremely useful site.
To date I’ve ran as far as 8 miles in one session, without stopping - I’m faster, better at breathing, and overall I enjoy it more. Small sessions are fine with me, though. 1 mile here, 2 miles there - I know this sounds like a lot if you’re a beginning, but the road from beginner-to-pro is rather short. Stay dedicated.
How does this make me feel better? Accomplishment, experiencing measurable growth, limbering up my joints and muscles, opening up my breathing, improving my heart rate, and allowing my body to sweat and pump it’s juices. Not to mention, all of the sweet, sweet brain drugs - dopamine, ephedrine, other misc endorphins and seratonin.
It’s like you’re breaking into the pharmacy in your brain.