Overall, I would say I’m a pretty active person. I go to the gym fairly regularly, work with my trainer (and friend) Janice once a week, I play in a weekly beach volleyball league year-round (indoor beach volleyball in the winter!), and I occasionally opt to take the stairs instead of an escalator (provided my heels aren’t particularly uncomfortable that day). I’m no Jane Fonda, but I make an effort and enjoy it. But one thing I don’t enjoy is running. I want to love it. I know it would be good for me. But I just don’t.
Here are some of the reasons I don’t enjoy it:
1. If I’m going to run, it’s going to be to because I’m excited to get to something fun….like a party…..or an ice cream truck…not to have my ultimate destination be exactly where I started.
2. You would think that running would provide the perfect opportunity to mull over all the things happening in your life. But I have a hard time engaging in my own thoughts while I run, and get bored. All I can think about when I run is how uncomfortable I am, and how much I want to stop running. I don’t get in “a zone”.
3. I would prefer to be with people when I work out, which is why I like team sports. Yes, you CAN run with someone else, but it’s not the same as engaging with a bigger group.
Despite the negativity above, I will say that I do feel great after I run. And I do love a challenge. Which is why…
I signed up to run a 5K at the end of August.
Yes, after all this complaining about running, I’m forcing myself to run a 5K. Maybe I’ll enjoy it more with a big group? And I know I work better with a goal, so there you have it. However, since I am
torturing challenging myself, I feel like I need the right outfit and gear to do it. Gotta get something fun out of it right? So here is what I’m thinking…
Cute huh? Well, for a running outfit anyway. Maybe it will help me finish the race like this…
But I most likely will end it like this…..
Have I mentioned I haven’t even started training yet? Ya, gotta get on that.
For all you runners out there….do you have any tips for me??