How to give running another chance, a mini-FAQ for the running idiots:
This is sort of a threadjack, but here's some advice for people who hate running: Look at how and where you run. If you run around a track, you're always going to hate running. Why? Because it's fucking boring. It's worse than running on a treadmill, in my opinion. Instead, run on the street or on sidewalks. Vary your route as much as possible, as well as the type of terrain you run on. Run flat distances for awhile, then try something a little hilly. The entire time, try to think positively. If you spend the whole run thinking about how much you fucking hate every single goddamned stride you're taking, you're never going to enjoy it. Try zoning out and staring at the sights. If that doesn't work, go for ego. Think how much better you're going to look after 6 months of doing this, or about how good for your heart this is, or hell, about how much better you are than all the people sitting on their asses right now. If that's what keeps you going, do it.
Next: Make sure you buy comfortable shoes for YOU. Find a Fleet Feet or other running store that can tell what kind of shoe you should be wearing. If the people that work there seem like dicks, make sure you get the exact information they took so you never have to go back there again. Maybe focus on how annoying the running culture in general is for motivation. People that love running are usually really annoying, and the racing subculture is even worse. Most of the people on this forum probably suck pretty bad at life, but there's no way you suck as bad as the stereotypical runner. Except for maybe Dr. Tzun Tzu. I think he sucks pretty badly.
Next: Buy a small mp3 player. Buy something cheap that uses FLASH memory, not a hard drive. The last generation of iPod nanos is pretty inexpensive, and you would probably do just as well buyinig a shuffle if you're on a really tight budget. Or you can just do without, but trust me, it makes a big difference.
Next: Make sure you are actually hydrated before you run. If you are not hydrated, you will feel like ass. If your pee is dark yellow, drink some fucking water.
Next: Learn how to stretch. Everyone ignores their abs when they run. If you do this, you will probably cramp up. So stretch your abs. Stretch your IT bands, because if you don't, you will probably end up with IT band syndrome and it sucks. Stretch your back. You can probably figure out what else to stretch.
Finally: Build a positive mental impression of running. If that means starting off running like an old man with an artificial hip (Phrost), that's fine. Don't immediately worry about how far and how fast you run. Just try to get to a baseline level of "running fitness," and build from there. If you set yourself up for success, you will actually begin to enjoy running, and you'll learn how to challenge yourself and have fun instead of crying about it all the time. And then you'll be in good shape. Which is fun.
PS - Vary your routine. I try to do a couple miles of sprints one day a week, a medium (2-4 mile) run one day a week, and a long run (6+ miles) one day a week. Sometimes I run slow like Phrost, other times I am pretty motivated. Because of all these things, I set myself up for success and have tricked my brain into thinking running is fun, which is probably not true.
But the important thing is, I actually enjoy it. Which makes me better than everyone else. Especially since I don't exactly possess the prototypical runner's build.
PPS - I'm not sure why I just spent 20 minutes writing this. I hope someone finds it to be useful. Macho, if you want to move it somewhere else (I wouldn't blame you, because it's completely off topic), feel free.