My first run was a major disaster.
When I started, I thought I was in great shape. I could pump out endless pushups and pullups, bench press nearly two times my body weight, and even started teaching others how to get in better shape.
Despite all this, my first run was a total failure. I didn’t make it more than a half-mile before I had to stop at the risk of passing out.
“Am I really this out of shape?”, I asked myself.
Nonetheless, I kept at it. I continued to run. I continued to fail. And I continued to see small, incremental improvements.
It didn’t happen overnight, but little by little, those small victories stacked to create a huge amount of momentum.
Nearly 3 years later, I’ve run a couple of half marathons and two full marathons. I run about 30–40 miles per week and am even training for an Ironman 70.3 — a triathlon consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike, and a 13.1-mile run.
This goes to say that…
Running is going to be uncomfortable no matter where you start. If you stick with it, you will see results. You will change. And you will become a happier, healthier human being as a result.
When I first started, I was in great weightlifting shape. I was strong and bulky, but not built for running. It was a brand new discipline for me, so I was extremely uncomfortable. And it showed.
Like me, pretty much every new runner struggles their first time. It comes with the territory. It’s going to be uncomfortable. But if you can grind through those initial first runs, you’ll start seeing small, incremental improvements.
Little by little, with consistency and patience, those small wins will create momentum. And eventually, you’ll be tackling challenges bigger than you thought possible.
Running never really gets easier — you just get stronger, faster, and fitter. Your appetite for adversity increases. And your confidence and self-worth skyrocket.
Don’t be discouraged by the difficulty at first. Embrace the discomfort. Keep with it and eventually, you’ll be tackling challenges you couldn’t have even dreamed of. It worked for me and I know it will work for you too.