A lot of people hate running because of one very simple thing: they get tired after 500 meters, the can’t catch their breath, they feel terrible and do not want to do it any more. Such craziness of first 500 meters mostly comes from school times when all the kids start to run as fast as they can and just after two laps everybody is exhausted.
I really understand this, because if you start really fast, you get tired very fast – the same can happen with everyone, even with elite runners. Why they don’t get tired so fast in the competition? Because they do a really slow warm-up.
And the secret of really joyful running is very simple – start as slow as you can. Don’t rush. Take your time. Your warm-up can last for 1k or even to 7 or 10k. Sometimes I feel better just after 3k or sometimes after 10k. Take your time until you feel that you can run faster. Nobody is chasing you. You are on your own, so don’t rush and be happy when running. The pace should about 6-7minutes/km.
Believe me, if you run very slowly in the beginning, later it will be much easier to run fast. Much easier. The same is with fartlek or tempo running. Take it easy in the beginning. Make your muscles warm, let them understand what is happening here:)