Monday, December 13, 2010

I (Do) Heart Running

My trusty running shoes.
As you may recall in this post, I talked about my dislike for running.  How I gave it the college go and it just wasn't for me.

Well, I may have changed my mind.  I am totally hooked.  I now understand what everyone is talking about.  The freedom, the "runner's high", the solitude.

How did I get there?

After I wrote that post, I realized that I still needed a way to work on my cardio.  I don't currently belong to a gym and I wanted to get outside and enjoy the fall weather, so I kept on trekking.  

I had always done a combination of walking and sprinting, but noticed over the past few months that I was running more than I was walking.  The clincher happened this last week.  I have been sick I was unable to run for a few days and I realized that I missed it.

Me, the anti-runner missed running?

I just had to admit it:  I like running and I am looking forward to the day when I can run 5k without walking.

I am not sure what changed in me.  Maybe I am more open to it?  Perhaps it is because running gives me a clear fitness goal?  Maybe it happened when I noticed a change in my body and energy levels?  All I know now is that running works for me and I am so glad I stuck it out.

What I said in my last post is still true, you do need to find and activity you enjoy.  I have learned to keep my mind open to different ways of challenging myself.  You never know, what you "hate" may turn out to be the best thing you ever did.

Have you every done a workout that you hate and now you love it?  Share away!

Stay Healthy, 


  1. I used to hate doing pull ups and chin ups.

    Back in high school I was the fat kid that just hung from the bar.. looking up, hoping that my weight and fat rear end would bring the bar down to me...

    later in life I became more active and one of my goals was to be able to do these blasted pull ups.

    Over time, like with your running, I stuck it out and came to love this exercise. I now find it one of my best compound body exercises in my tool bag... plus it makes you look bad-ass because of the big thick wide back and arms it gives you. :-)

  2. Oh girl, I wrote a post many months back proclaiming all the reasons why I was NOT a runner. But something switched for me this summer and I fell in love with it.

  3. I think it is the idea of having a goal. Mastering an exercise that you can't do (or don't like) is a great challenge. Heather, it is good to know I am not alone with the running. :)



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