18 Things That Made Real People Actually Like Running

    From people who used to dread it, too.

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community how they came to really enjoy running.

    Here's what they said.

    And by the way, remember to check with your doctor before you start a new exercise or training program!

    1. Let running teach you how to persevere and tough it out when things get rough.

    2. Train for an obstacle race that makes you feel superhuman.

    3. Sign up for a race that's very *you.*

    4. Use it to get out all your stress and anger and frustrations.

    5. Go explore some legit cool places.

    6. Actually celebrate every time you break a personal record.

    7. Use running as a kind of therapy to process stuff.

    8. Go watch a marathon and marvel at how freaking awesome everyone is.

    9. Or just sign up for a half-marathon on a whim and see what happens.

    10. Use running as your alone time — where you're in total control and can do/think whatever you want.

    11. Make it your excuse to take a very cool and memorable trip.

    12. Use it to feel amazing in your body.

    13. Make it the thing you bond with someone over.

    14. Celebrate your precious downtime with a few minutes of running.

    15. Familiarize yourself with a new place by taking a run.

    16. Do it to support a cause you care about.

    17. Use it to feel how damn strong you are.

    18. Or, heck, just do it for the post-run euphoria.

    Responses have been edited for clarity and length.

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