How to Fall in Love With Running - FITS®

August 08, 2019

Have you always wanted to be a runner, but struggled to really connect with the sport? You aren’t alone. While running is a great, efficient workout, it’s also hard — and motivating yourself to do something difficult is anything but easy. So, how can you help yourself fall in love with running?

Well, we aren’t matchmakers. What we can do, however, is give you our best tips and tools for embracing the simplicity of a good pair of sneakers and the open road. Here are five things you can do to start your love affair with running:

Ease in

Starting off too ambitious is a surefire way to burn out. Rather than setting off for a several mile run right out the gates, ease yourself into longer runs as you build your endurance.

Set a goal

Whether you’re training for a local race or simply want to achieve a consistent running routine, setting a goal to work towards — and several smaller goals to achieve along the way — can add an extra layer of motivation to your new running routine. 

Find a buddy

Turn running into a social activity for extra accountability and motivation. Not only will it be easier to get yourself out the door, but the miles will fly by when you have a friend to catch up with.

Invest in the right gear

It’s awfully difficult to fall in love with running when you’re battling blisters or shorts that ride up. Investing in quality gear that fits well will make you more likely to stick with your new hobby long-term.

Don’t force it

Like any new relationship, you might have to wait for a spark. However, by being open minded and choosing to see the beauty — the peaceful quiet of an early morning jog, the excitement of a new personal best, the rush of endorphins — you can develop a lasting, healthy and fulfilling new love. 

Above all, remember: trust the process. It might not be love at first step, but you’ll get there.


Start your running relationship off on the right foot — with running socks that just fit.