Five minutes before I head out for a run my feelings are typically one of two extremes. I am either feeling…
…excitementThis is going to be great. I’m so happy I get to go for a run!
…or dreadThis is going to be terrible. I’m *insert excuse of the day: tired, hungry, not in the mood.

I hit start on my Garmin and take those first ever important steps. Some days those steps are creaky and my legs feel heavy and tired. Other days I’m Tigger and my legs spring with every step. I convince myself that other runners feel great from the first breath, and it’s just me. Speaking of breath—I’m out of it. Sigh. Why is it that even though I can run for hours, those first minutes of a run make me feel like I’m in the worst shape of my life?

While I’ve never regretted a run ever, the first mile of any run is typically the worst mile. A mile that makes me doubt my abilities and question my love of running.

These thoughts sound all too familiar via @mileposts

This is what my thoughts look like the first mile of every run.

  1. I don’t like this.
  2. This is awesome.
  3. This is not fun.
  4. Did I lock the front door?
  5. Is that my neighbor up ahead?
  6. Please don’t let that be someone I know—I’m tired, hungry and not in the mood.
  7. Thank goodness it wasn’t my neighbor—she always looks so put together and well….I do not look put together.
  8. This is great.
  9. I feel good.
  10. I feel terrible.
  11. Why isn’t my watching beeping for the first mile?
  12. It’s definitely been a mile.
  13. Is this thing getting a signal?
  14. The first mile is the worst mile.
  15. Running is awesome.
  16. Ugh why do I run, this is hard.
  17. Let’s do this girl.
  18. You got this.
  19. Wait a second—did I put on Body Glide before I left?
  20. You are rocking this run.
  21. You are not rocking this run.
  22. I felt good 10 minutes ago, what gives?
  23. Okay, okay—you’ve got this.
  24. This is hard.
  25. This is freaking awesome.
  26. Man I love running.
  27. Mostly love running.
  28. I’ll love it even more when this run is finished.
  29. *Garmin Beeps!*
  30. Oh finally a mile.
  31. Oh yay a mile!
  32. I’m doing it.
  33. Take that.
  34. I love running.

This post first appeared on the Women’s Running Magazine website HERE

What does the first mile of your run sound like in your head?


  1. Hah… Yes. Yes yes yes. Me too. Except my only additions would be: “When will my legs stop burning?” and “Why haven’t my lungs adjusted yet??”

  2. Mine is similar, but it actually goes on for about 3 miles. UGH

  3. Creaking joints and that little voice in my head that says “it’s okay to be fat and out of shape. Friggin idiot!”
    The first mile is always difficult be it a training run or a marathon. That’s why most experts, including my physical therapist say you should do a one mile warm up jog before a run.
    It helps work the kinks out and gets your muscles full of blood.
    But, yeah, that mile sucks too!

  4. Cynthia says:

    The gain is far greater than the pain that’s what keeps us going

  5. Alicia says:

    As a relatively new runner (I’ve been running consistently for about 10 months now), it’s super helpful to see posts like this! I keep thinking “Why am I still so out of shape? Why does every other runner look like it’s easy?”, etc. and I still feel like I’m dying. Not that I’m glad others feel this same way, but it IS comforting to know I’m not alone! :)

  6. Good to see this post, When i am run i feel afraid how to complete my task

  7. I love this post! I have similar thoughts and always feel like I’m starting to settle in around the 3-4km mark. Glad to see I’m not alone!

  8. This post makes me wanna get back into running again.

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