10 Tips To Make Running Suck Less

by Sarah on July 25, 2014 · 10 comments

I get a lot of questions about how I stay motivated when it comes to running. It is easy for me because I love it but I know that is not the norm. On rare occasions, even I find myself saying, “This sucks.” These 10 tips have helped me to usually enjoy running but if you hate to run, they will definitely make it suck less.

One of my tips is to listen to audiobooks for long runs. I did this while training for Reach The Beach two years ago listening to all 3 Hunger Games books. The young adult novels were not too complex that I couldn’t follow half paying attention but intriguing enough that the time flew and I at times would want to run further to finish a chapter!

Audible is offering you guys, my readers/viewers, a free audio book to download as well as a 30-day trial membership. To get started, visit http://audible.com/sarahfit and choose from over 150,000 titles.

If you are trying to just increase your steps and looking for some good listening material for your walks, I also recommend Jessica Ortner’s Tapping Solution for Weight Loss found under the health section. This book was recommended by my friend Rebekah Borucki of BexLife, who you guys know I adore and trust!

Have you ever listened to an audiobook while running? If so, which one?

Small confession, I may have listened to 50 Shades #2 via audible… I’m embarrassed for myself.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashley @ A Lady Goes West July 25, 2014 at 8:38 am

Books are a great way to pass the time and keep the mind engaged. I’ve never actually listened to an audio book before … maybe I need to plan a distance run program to get started on that too?


2 Brooke July 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

Hey Sarah,

Another awesome video – thanks!! I’ve been getting a lot of hip flexor pain in my left hip while running lately. Generally, around the 1.5-2 mile mark it starts to bother me, and recently it’s been preventing me from hitting my 5km :( Foam rolling has been recommended to me as a potential solution (along with getting new runners, too). Do you have any other tips? Have you ever had issues with your hip flexors?



3 Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out July 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

I love audiobooks for drives and workouts! Keeps me entertained but still engaged!


4 brie July 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

can’t find those adidas shorts online anywhere anymore! have you seen them anywhere?


5 Kris July 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

Good tips! Running is so great, but can get a little blah… thanks for these tips! :)
God Bless!


6 Sherry July 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

I’ve never listened to an audiobook but I did enjoy listening to podcasts when I got stuck running on the treadmill (whether it was due to weather or other circumstances). It really helped to pass the time. Outside I’m usually good with just music or something fun and silly like the “Zombies, Run!” app. :D


7 Ellen July 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

I’ve never listened to audiobooks, but I love podcasts while running. There’s some really great ones on health and fitness.


8 The Skinny Breezy {Liza} August 6, 2014 at 11:28 am

These are such great tips, Sarah! I usually just work out to music, but I’ll def have to download some audiobooks/podcasts to mix things up for long runs!


9 len August 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I love using the zombies run app when running, it is really fun plus you can listen to your own music and in between they have little background stories.


10 Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy August 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

Do you find that listening to audiobooks make you run slower?


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