How RunKeeper Got Me To Love Running

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“I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.”

Dean Karnazes

I never understood the whole runner’s high concept. I’ve tried running with friends in the past, but I was always ready to quit after 10 steps. I wanted to become a runner, but it never felt enjoyable to me. I was always up to play an active sport that required me to run to first base or race to score a goal, but lace up my sneakers and run for fun? Not so much. I didn’t think I’d ever understand the appeal, but the more people I spoke with about running, the more I wanted to give it a shot.

Thankfully, I discovered RunKeeper, an app which I 100% credit with turning me into a runner. I’ve run consistently since the day I downloaded my first racing schedule. Running has helped me tremendously in business. It is one of the only times where I am not accessible by email or phone. My head is so clear after a nice run, leaving me more prepared to take on whatever the day brings. If I go a few days without a run, I notice that I feel much more stressed and/or on edge. Whether you’re new to running and need inspiration to get started or you’re a runner who wants to up their game, this app will help you achieve your goals!

Six reasons why RunKeeper rocks and has changed my life for the better:

  1. It holds you accountable. When I signed up to run a 10k, the app laid out a planned schedule for me. It started off with a two mile run (which I had to push myself through), but it wasn’t long before two miles became my “Short Run” as a result.
  2. It keeps you motivated. The routine typically requires you to run every other day, but something about the schedule made me miss running on my “off days.” I felt so good mentally on the days I ran that I couldn’t wait to feel that way again. Having the off day made me more excited to get out and run on my next scheduled day.
  3. It builds your confidence. My first run was two miles, then another two miles, followed by four, and then two again. I felt like Usain Bolt when I went back to two miles after the four mile run because it was such a breeze. The program is designed to take you forward and then back and this was a constant reminder of how quickly my body was adjusting to the runs and the progress I was making.
  4. It sets an achievable pace. When I started running, I quickly learned the worst thing you can do is go from zero to 60, which I would often do when I tried to run with more experienced runners. I would find myself becoming discouraged when focusing on maintaining their pace versus my own. However, the RunKeeper program helped me conquer this issue because it encourages a slow and conversational pace. The app gradually trains you to increase your pace without burning you out or overexerting your body.
  5. It gives you time to train. My friends who are advanced runners laugh when I tell them I am on a 16 week training program for a 10k, but it’s true what they say about life being a marathon and not a sprint. Pacing yourself and giving yourself the time you need to train will not only ensure you are ready when the race comes, but it will also prevent injuries, which should be your number one priority.

I cannot stress enough how much I used to dislike running. I struggled with pace, breathing, and the overall motivation to get out there and do this activity for fun or health reasons. If you are interested in becoming a runner, I’d highly recommend that you consider downloading the RunKeeper app and scheduling a plan for a race. You can start out with a 5K, 10K, or go for the gold and train for a half marathon. The program will adapt to whatever goals you want to set and help you reach them. I love that the end result will be my first 10K, which will benchmark my achievement in running.

Do you have a successful training story or a great exercise app that has helped you achieve your fitness goals? Please share below!

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