Running is hard, I can't do it, I just don't like it. These are the three things I think I hear the most from people who don't run. It's the fact that they don't run that they think these things.
Firstly I think its really hard to like running until you are able to continuously maintain a pace for a set time, you just feel pretty useless at it, and so you don't like it because you think you can't do it. For anyone who says they can't do it my answer is always to persevere. Walk, jog, rest, repeat. Everyone started their running journey doing this, it may have been over a longer or shorter distance but I can guarantee they did it. Problem solved, you can run.
One thing I do agree with is that running is hard. If it was easy why would we walk anywhere, we would constantly run and we would hardly get sweaty or tired because it would be so normal to us. Everything in life would happen much much quicker and it would be easier to pull off the fact that you missed the bus by mere inches. Running is hard, but also fun, but only after a certain point. I firmly believe that everyone has a threshold point of where running becomes enjoyable for them and mine is about 3 km in.
For me the first mile or so of any run is an absolute slog, my breathing is erratic, my legs are heavy and my thoughts are jumping around from one stress to another. My whole being is telling me to stop and there's just this tiny little bit of me that remembers why I am running Now its because I'm ticking off challenges but when I first started it was for weight loss. Only if I want my goal enough at that moment in time am I able to carry on through the barrier. I have only come to realise this after much running reflection and now I use it to power me through my negative thoughts so I can get to the good stuff. The point where my body feels powerful, I lose my thoughts and I am doing it, I am running like a boss.
Yes running is hard but yes you can do it and in the end if you do it and you push through the hard part you will like it.