The web site for those that have said 'I hate running' but want the benefits that running provides.  In as little as one hour a week, you can join the 'I Used To Hate Running Team'!

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The no pain, big gain way to start running

We have spoken with many people over the years who 'hate running' and have come to the conclusion that the number one reason  that they don't like running is because they can't do it well.  They go for a run and are in discomfort the entire time they are running.  Why is that?  It is because they are working harder than their body can handle comfortably.

Can you run a marathon (26.2 miles) tomorrow?  If you can, you are probably either wasting your time on this site or heard of the witty writing and wanted to check it.  If you can't run a marathon, what about a half marathon?  A 10K (6.2 miles - what is it with the .2 miles anyway?).  How about a 5K?  One mile?  What about 100 yards? 
If you have gone for a run of whatever distance - long or short - and thought the whole way, 'I hate this', what made you think you could run that distance in your current shape?  And that applies to couch potatoes or former runners who said 'I think I'll go for a three mile run today' (after not running for a while).  You were just not in shape to run that particular distance.  Duh, huh?

But the good news is that there is a simple solution to moving beyond the 'I hate running' stage to the 'I used to hate running' stage. We'll give you the secret to getting there.  Are you ready for this?  You have to get into running shape.  Just call us Einsteins.

But here is the really cool part.  If you follow our plan, you'll find it is a pain-free, easy way to start running.  You have all heard the term, no pain, no gain?  To that we say BS!!  If you follow our simple plan, you will be running comfortably in no time at all, without the pain and without the 'I hate running' thought floating around in your head.

If you want to do this on your own, follow the simple steps described on The Plan tab.  This is our gift to you and to your health.  If you prefer one on one guidance, check out our Personalized Service.

Let's get into the technical stuff about how your body will learn to like running.  Don't skip reading this.  It will only take a few minutes and it will help you understand what your body is going through as you progress.  We believe that if you understand what is happening to your body, it will help you keep moving forward. 

The physiology of running is quite simple – if you don’t have to explain it scientifically (if you ask someone in the medical field if the following explanation on the physiology of running is correct, I’m sure they’ll tell you 'well sorta, kinda, maybe not exactly').  We want to explain in layman’s terms what happens in your body to allow you to do a cardio workout like running and why small increases changes your physiology. 

Your lungs convert oxygen into energy.  Today – no matter where you are physically – your body has learned to convert the air you breathe into the energy equal to the amount you work.   Once you exceed your normal workload, your body has to learn how to convert oxygen into the new work load.  When you are huffing and puffing, you are exceeding your current level of fitness.  But your body is very intelligent.  When you increase your workload, your body will learn to convert oxygen to energy at your new level of work.

As a side note, if you eventually increase your distances so you are running for an hour or more (congratulations to you) there are other factors that will come into play.  Since this is designed for beginning runners, we’ll leave that subject alone for now. 

Here is the really, really cool partyou can start this program with a walk.  No running is needed at first.  You will slowly add in small increments, and we mean really small increments – think as few as 10 or 20 steps for beginners - of running into your walks.  Increase the amount you run on each run by a small amount.  If the thought 'I hate running' enters your mind, STOP RUNNING IMMEDIATELY and start walking.  We promised that you can achieve success without pain.  It’s pain that is causing you to have those 'I hate running' thoughts.  Your body is struggling a bit, so walk.  If you decide to keep running, that is OK. You’ll progress faster by stressing your body, but remember this is the website dedicated to convert the run haters out there.  So walk whenever you need to.  Never, ever tell yourself after completing a session that, 'I had a terrible day, I had to walk'.  Walking is your friend in this program.