Running is almost anyone’s go-to method of losing weight, aside from dieting of course. People dive fervently into running, only to find themselves quitting and retiring their new pairs of Nike Free to the back of the closet. When you are not a seasoned runner, the thought of propelling yourself forward at a faster rate, even for a period of mere 20 minutes, seems like a humanly impossible feat (Although 20 minutes never seems too short when watching an episode of “Friends.”).

One thing I learned in physics class is that objects need a great amount of energy to overcome inertia. This law explains why it is difficult for a sedentary person to begin exercising, like incorporating running into his or her daily routine. Beginning on the wrong foot can cause the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle to go awry, leading to discontent, bitterness and worst of all, a relapse to their previous unhealthy lifestyle (Well, they wanted to begin exercising for improvement right?).

There are two types of runner you typically see: the hamster runner and the wild-bred runner. A hamster runner is the one forever trapped running on the narrow footing platform of the treadmill machine, where the wild-bred runner is emancipated from any externally imposed factors that influence the runner’s speed and endurance. It’s important to identify the type that fits you the most in order to maximize the likelihood that you will continue running.

The hamster runner usually has less discipline and gets tired very easily. The hamster (abbreviated purely for the convenience of writing) usually needs external force and pressure to get them to finish tasks. These might be the kids who grew up with their mothers as their personal assistant, reminding them about deadlines for tasks from college applications to scheduling a haircut. They need someone, human or machine, to force them to keep moving. The danger of not keeping pace with the treadmill is the risk of falling over, maybe bleeding - and chances are that won’t be too pretty.

Hamsters can also be the people who focus on the physical output of running. They are efficient, and they are out there to get the task done as fast as possible. Seeing the stats on the machine and tracking progress are essential to hamsters, and running becomes reduced to its core essence – to stay in shape.

In the other camp, you find the wild-bred runners who derive most joy from a fresh 5 a.m. run outside. They may seem crazy to many, but they are overly proud that they get pure enjoyment from running, and any form of exercise that resembles a hamster wheel, such as a treadmill, would not be considered "real" exercise. These wild-bred runners count on their ability to really enjoy running and hence, love the pure essence of running. They scoff at the row of runners on treadmills that you find within gyms, who all run in monotonous and offbeat rhythm in accordance with one another. They stare absentmindedly into the TV in front of their eyes as their feet pound away on the floor.

Outdoor running also requires great self-confidence. Oh yes, people do judge you on your poor running form. People also judge you on your running shoes, so wearing a pair of Chucks for your morning run screams “I just started being fit” to people. Unfortunately, people judge you by your body and appearance. People also judge you by your body shape to identify whether you are a "regular" or a newbie. But again, outdoor running is supposed to be a form of therapy, so if you worry too much about people’s judgments when you run, then you might not yet have the mindset of a real runner. Lastly, outdoor running simply requires greater discipline. You don’t constantly have a conveyor belt to keep you moving forward. The earth is immobile. You can stop running anytime. This is a reason why many people feel ambitious and go out for a run but only come back with one mile under their belts.

Identifying what type of runner you are is important and perhaps you can evolve and change your style of running! But knowing yourself is the first step to conquering your inner enemy. After all, people always say that your biggest enemy is yourself.