Sunday, October 11, 2009

Running Ragged



I hate running.  There, I said it.

I've been trying to convince myself that I actually like it, since it's good for me and provides the best cardio workout and all that crap.  But the truth is, I despise it. I am anxious from the time I decide I am going to run, I'm already asking myself "Am I there yet?"  I start moving and patiently wait for the "enjoyment" to start.  I really do want to say I like it.  But I just can't get to that space.

Growing up I hated it because I was one of the last of the bunch running during soccer practice.  I always felt like I was letting people down by being last.  It's difficult to do something you've never really felt confident about.  I still do it though.  I've run several 5K's and right after I got married in 2003, my husband and I signed up to do a marathon and half-marathon, respectively.  I thought I would "face my fears".  Even during our Team in Training group training I despised it.  I was the last one that the coach and mentors were waiting for - how embarrassing!

So, I ask you runners... where is the enjoyment? What is it you like about it? And how can I get there?


I went for a run on Saturday. It was a beautiful day in Hermosa Beach and I decided to conquer the wood chip trail that runs parallel to the ocean.  Thank God my husband hooked me up with a new mix (October mix is coming...I promise).  It got me through.  As I started out, I was miserable.  I find running to be such a shock to the body.  interestingly, it got easier about 15 minutes into the run.  But it still wasn't "fun". People were passing me all along the trail.  I am embarrassed to admit I sped up so that I could actually pass a 70 something year old man who was WALKING!  And I truly was trying, I am just not a fast runner.  I kept moving and I ran 2.5 miles. And I broke a serious sweat.  But I ask again...where is the joy? Help, please!

Here's how my Saturday shaped up with eating (Weight Watchers points in parentheses):


Breakfast: tofu salad – random, I know-but it's the only healthy option I had available and it was good. (3)
Snack: Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte (3)
Lunch:  Gardein garden protein (meat free bbq skewers) on salad (3)
Snack; Cheese stick (2)
Dinner:  1 ½ cups of asparagus soup (no cream) (2), Salmon burger on whole wheat bun (7), wine (6)

Points:  26 (1 over)

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

the "Joy" in running 2.5 miles is the Fact that you Ran 2.5 miles when you Hate doing it...and it always gets easier the more you do it. Not more Fun, just Easier...and that should bring "Joy". Wear Blinders, who cares who passes you!

Gerald Pea said...

The following is a FACT...a Rasmussen Poll concluded that less than 7% of American Women aged 30 to 45 were able to run 2 Miles without stopping. You are in Exclusive Company, Kelly...

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