Just the word makes me shudder and immediately think of five other things I ‘should’ be doing. 1. Load the dishwasher 2. wipe down bathroom surfaces 3. scrub my bathtub 4. pick up trash on the side of the road 5. learn Swahili. You get the picture.
However, (you knew that was coming right? I mean the entire post couldn’t be about how much running sucks), I’ve made the conscious effort to start running. I told myself that if I could just lace up my shoes and get out the door I would actually run. And actually as horrible it sounds that was the hardest part. Yeah alright the burning in my chest, light headedness, and itchy legs (why does that happen?) was pretty bad but it got better, well it got easier to push to the side.
I actually found it easier to run on a treadmill at the gym than outside, and yes I understand that it is easier because you’re not pushing yourself forward blah blah blah, whatever, but it was easier for me because 1. I’m not dying of heat stroke 2. I can see how far I’m running/how far I have to go 3. I was relatively distracted from the running by the music and the tv shows.
Also, after those long rants of b*tching about running let me count the ways for posterity, for all those people who will print this post out for proof that I’ve said this, and for my own self when I want to quit, these are the reasons why I lovelikedon’t hate appreciate running:
1. I can do it. There are so many people who physically cannot run and I can. I’d rather run now than when I can’t.
2. My butt felt better. After a week of running I felt better, physically and emotionally. I didn’t want to strangle people after studying all day everyday for the BAR.
3. My shorts were looser. Hallelujah. Praise be to God. Amen. Peace be with you. All the exclamations in a southern bible church come out for that one. And it’s also pretty self explanatory.
4. I felt no guilt watching tv. Hey if I’m running while Rizzoli and Isles is on then it’s okay that I’m watching it.
5. I sleep better. I fall asleep at a reasonable hour. I sleep deeply and I don’t wake up three times a night anymore. Also, it is somewhat easier to actually get up when I hear my alarm.
I guess it isn’t as horrible as I thought.
Are you a runner?
Check back next week for the Move it and Lost it discussion on another way to get sweaty!