Saturday, March 29, 2014

Why Running Isn't For Me

After February's frigid cold and icy days came to an end, I resumed the C25K Program I started in January.  I recently completed this program.  Yup--I can run for 30 minutes now.  That's pretty neat, considering I couldn't run for more than 5 minutes before starting.
Yup--that's me braving the snow to get in a run.  Thankfully there's no more snow now!!!

The problem?

I still really don't like running. 

I like exercising. I like moving.  Being active is awesome. 

But I don't like running.  For thirty minutes straight. 

And so I've decided that running isn't the best exercise for me.  Yes--some people love to run.  Some people even learn to love running after doing it for a while.  Running works really well for many people.

But I'm not one of them. 

My knees and ankles hurt when I finish. 

I can't take the kids with me. Which limits the time of day I can do it.  A

And I just prefer other forms of exercise. 

I completed my goal--I can run three miles now.  I actually finished the C25K program.  I've started that so many times, it felt really good to finally finish it.  I'm in much better shape.

But despite all of the positives, I really don't enjoy it.  So I'm going to stop.

I'll be walking.  I'll be hiking.  I'll be pushing Owen's wheelchair off-road.  I'll probably even do some running--in intervals.  I really preferred the beginning weeks of C25K...

I will still be active and make it a point to get in 30 minutes of exercise at least three days a week. 

But no more running!  I'm excited to feel excited about exercise again.

What are your thoughts on running?  Do you love it or hate it, or feel indifferent?

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