How Do You Make Someone Run for Fun? Watch me
The best way to get someone to “run for fun” is to tell them that they’re not allowed to run.
It worked for me. It seems as though when you tell someone that they can’t have something, it has an adverse effect on them. I had people laugh, scold and frown at me when I was going to be a runner.
That’s what gave me fuel.
It gave me me the determination that I could and would do it. Admittedly, I wasn’t always sure when.
On the weekends, in the first part of 2015, I would go to visit my dad who was gravely ill. Even though I wasn’t there as much as some of my siblings, I still needed a break during my time. It was a tough place to be for lots of reasons
One afternoon I started down the rural road that was sidelined by barren fields.
I couldn’t make it a 1/4 mile without stopping. It was pathetic. It was more of a stroll than a run, but the past 2-1/2 years of running have taught me somethings that resembled life lessons.
- When you want to start, you have to put one foot in front of the other. The next step is the next step.
- You have to extend your foot and leg. When you extend yourself in life, you’ll begin to grow in ways that you wouldn’t have thought possible.
- Stretching before and after is a requirement. Stretching during the run is optional, but needed. That means you’re trying to increase the capacity of your lungs and heart.
- Being consistent with running will make it easier to run the next time. You’ll crave it when the weather is bad. You’ll crave it when it’s dark. You’ll crave it when the path isn’t clear.
- At times it can feel selfish. That’s not always a bad thing.
I may not look like a runner. Act like a runner. Or even dress like a runner, but that doesn’t matter. I am a runner.