I was at a loss when it came to running as well. I absolutely hated it because of failed attempts in the past, which left me gasping for air like a beached whale and my knees would burn up inside at night.
Surprisingly, what got me to like running was not a trainer or steady practice on a treadmill - I simply went outside and... did it. I put on comfortable (but cute) workout clothes to look and feel good in, strapped on an armband and put on my favorite fast songs, and started walking in a nearby park. When I felt like running a bit, I did. When I wanted to walk, I did. I went slow, fast, slow, fast... then faster, then a little faster... and nothing was forced. I did everything when both my mind and body wanted it.
Also, a friend introduced me to an incredibly helpful app to download on my phone. It's called "Strava" and it's free - you turn on your GPS, go walk/run outside, and the app maps out your path wherever you go AND tracks your walking/running time and distance. Believe me, seeing your logged runs pile up over the next few days and weeks really motivates you to go out and do it again and again! It makes you feel accomplished and proud.
Last note - stretch AFTER your run, not before. Stretching cold muscles can cause injury!
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A few years ago I decided I wanted to start running and just went outside and did it. I would walk to warm up and then run for a few minutes. In the beginning I think I could only run for about two minutes. Then I would walk for about two minutes and then start running again. I would do this for about 35 minutes. Within a few weeks I was able to increase the time spent running and decrease the walking time. You'll be surprised how quickly your body will change and your endurance will increase. It also helps if you strengthen your abs. They definitely help you run!
I've heard a lot of good things about the C25K too. I had been running for a couple of years before I heard about it, so I haven't tried it myself. I'm pretty sure there is a C25K spark team you can join if you're interested. I'm sure you'd find a lot of support there.
If you have access to a treadmill you can start with that. It's nice because you can control your speed and set goals with time and distance. I've been just jogging on there and it's really building up my endurance.
I did the Couch to 5K Program and loved it! I went from a non-runner to actually enjoying it. I'm about to start it again, actually, because an ankle injury has kept me from running for a couple months. Check it out here:
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