After years of running to stay fit, I've actually started to enjoy it rather than hate it. For me running was something that was free from cost and equipment. Just put on whatever shoes you have and go sweat it out. At its core, running is a very simple and pure way to exercise. I've learned that just like anything in life, having a great partner matters. Some days I'm not feeling at my best and some days Liz isn't feeling at her best. It's all about enjoying the dirt road or trail and getting outdoors together.
Some of the things I've learned about running this year.
1. Shoes and clothing matter. I would never pay retail for the stuff but I was fortunate be able to get some great deals on proper running attire.
2. Form and technique matter. I'm definitely not a professional but I've made some improvements to my efficiency and to limit aches and pains.
3. Location and geography matter. Without cool places to go and see, running isn't all that it can be. Living in a place that has it all will make running way more fun.
4. Run with people that are better than you. I call it free tuition and it gives you something to shoot for.
5. Do other activities. Taking a break from running is a good thing. I like to mix in other sports or activities throughout the week to break up the monotony.