My running philosophy is to just finish the run. I don't time myself, I don't do sprints... I just run.
Honestly, for most of my life, I've dreaded running. It was never my chosen form of exercise. But that changed when my dog Crosby came around and we needed an outlet for his energy.
On the flip side, if I am not feeling my music that day - I will jog one mile, turn around and walk back.
I am also careful not to push myself too hard on a run because the second I start to aim for a certain time or get my heart rate into a specific zone - running loses the stress relief affect for me and I start to dread it again.
Which is why I also avoided interval training. Until now. I've found a song that is brilliant for pushing myself just enough on a run, while keeping the stress relief factor intact.
It's not your typical running song for sure. But it works for me, so maybe it will work for you too. The key to making this work is to just run to the beat.
Let me know if you try it and it works for you too. Even if it doesn't work for your intervals, it's a great song period. Happy running!