Jul 9, 2015

It's Official- I Don't Like Running

Whoa. That is a very big statement right there. Running enthusiasts, don't get upset with me and hightail it outta' here just yet- I still love you guys, but maybe not the running itself. Let me explain.

The D.C. half-marathon really did me in. The weather was one thing (ugh!) but injuring myself was a whole issue in itself. After that terrible day in March, the injury, the crutches and the rest- I just think I've figured something out. I don't like running. While I was hurt everyone kept asking me if I missed running, and at first I said yes, absolutely! But as time went on, I realized I wasn't missing it. I missed being active and fit, but not the running per say.

As I've healed and eased back into things- I've rediscovered the ways I DO love being fit. When training for a half-marathon my focus was all on running. Sure I still hit the weights here and there, but I was trying to get up to that mileage I needed to be at to survive. I lost sight of how exercise actually could be fun. I honestly dreaded a lot of the training. I saw it as a hassle, a waste of time and I never looked forward to a run like so many "real runners" do. I thought, "If I just keep doing it I'll eventually like it!" but you know what? That just might not be true for me.

I love going for long walks. I love lifting weights with Jared at our gym. I love dancing around and shaking it with cardio hip hop and Zumba. I enjoy frisbee golfing. I love bicycling and hope to have my own bike soon. It's fun to toss a football around the yard, get a game of badminton going or just shoot some hoops at the park. I figured it out! Exercise doesn't have to suck! It's about finding what you enjoy and DOING it.

I have talked about it before on here, but over the past few years my weight has fluctuated up and down multiple times. Yes, my eating habits have been part of the problem- but I think my confusion with exercising has been the problem too. I didn't always give 100% to workouts when it was focused just on running. But now? I'm getting out and about more. I'm moving more in general and having fun while I'm doing it!

Am I breaking up with running forever? Probably not. Am I done doing long-distance races? Yes. They just aren't for me! I've done two half-marathons and have no plans to do any more. A local 5k here and there? Maybe. Going out for a laid-back jog now and again? For sure! But running doesn't have to be my "thing" if I don't like it. Being healthy and fit and active is different for every person and I can honesty say that I feel I'm on the path to being the best version of myself again! I've made it my goal to do something active every single day. I'd encourage anyone struggling with their own health and fitness to find something that's fun for you and stick to it. There's something out there for everyone!

36 comments:

  1. AMEN! Running has always been a chore for me and I always give up much quicker on a healthy lifestyle when running is the only exercise I am focused on! I definitely think it's important to find what works for you. There's nothing wrong with hating running! Glad you're figuring that out :)

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  2. heck yes!!! I was a runner in high school although I was a hurdler I still had to do the long distance crap...no thank you! My knees hate me when I try and run so I will stick to the fun workouts...aka walking and dance parties w the kid ;)

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  3. I totally get it, girl! I just miss being active. With our busy schedules I just keep putting the gym off lately. To be totally honest the thought of running miles and miles in a row right now doesn't sound appealing. Fitness doesn't HAVE to be daunting! It should be fun!!! And I can't wait to belong to a gym that offers classes (Zumba, spinning, cardio classes, etc!)!! One day :) but for now? I just need to get my butt off the couch more and start small again. All the small things can make a huge difference!!! Loved this post, sistaaa! ;)

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  4. I agree! There is something for everyone, and we're not all going to like the same thing. I will say that I didn't actually start LOVING running for about 3 years after I started, so it took a while for me and running to become friends :) that said, if you really don't like it, find something you do like and do that! Good reminder.

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  5. So true! I think you're more likely to stick with exercise if it's something you enjoy, or at least not something you totally dread! I enjoy running a lot more than I used to and actually crave going for a run sometimes but I've never gone more than about 5K and never trained for a race or anything and honestly think that would take the enjoyment out of it for me! Plus HIIT and lifting gets me a lot better results!

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  6. I totalllllllly get this!! I hurt my knee a few months ago and ever since then, I'll go through a stage of running and lovin' it and then it will rain like crazy and running is put to the back burner and I find that I don't miss it, exactly. I have a goal right now to run/walk/jog 60 miles by September 30th. Once I hit that goal, I think I'm going to treat myself and my body to some cardio classes and just some fun walks.

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  7. Yes yes yes. I love to do my weight routine, walk my dogs, stretch, do my DVDs, walk with weights. Running is not on my agenda and I dislike when people act like it's the only thing out there.

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  8. I'm right there with you! I worked my way up to a 1/2 marathon and then while training for my 2nd 1/2 I injured myself and never really missed running. I'm totally ok not being a long distance runner. I'll stick to my fun runs!

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  9. I LOVE YOU FOR THIS. I feel like long-distance running is just the trendy thing to do these days. I tried for YEARS to like running and I absolutely hate it. Not to mention, it hurts my body more than anything else. I like to jog here and there, but I will never be a runner and I'm fine with that. At my old job, almost every single person in my department ran marathons except for me. I felt so left out but I also knew I had zero desire to ever do that. It's nice to find other people who feel the same way ;)

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  10. I feel like there is so much pressure to be a runner nowadays - the post-grad world is obsessed with it! I really enjoy the sense of accomplishment I get after a run, but not always how I feel during! I have to be in the right frame of mind to ensure a successful run.

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  11. I hate running. Ok hate is a strong word. I used to hate running & then I started training for a 5k a few years ago & I didn't mind it. I still don't love it & I'll never be a person that loves it. If I want to work out or be active, running is the last thing I want to do. I like doing a 5k here & there but that's more because it has a purpose...not just running to run. I'm glad you found ways to be active that you actually like!

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  12. I've had a love/hate relationship with running for the past year or so. I think I have ultimately decided that I don't want to do anymore long-distance races either. Unfortunately, I already signed up and paid for the NYC marathon this year....and it was a hefty chunk of change. I'll probably go ahead and do it, but I'm not going to pressure myself to run the whole thing and make it more of an enjoyable trek through all five boroughs instead of making myself miserable thinking I need to hit a certain time or whatever. After it, I don't foresee myself running anything longer than a 10k. That's actually my favorite distance...enough of a challenge, but totally doable! Glad that you found some activities you enjoy! It definitely makes a difference when you want to be doing what you are doing! :)

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  13. I agree, I am not in love with running at all. Dealing with my ACL tear though right now, I realize how much I relied on running for my cardio. It is all about experimenting with what you like!

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  14. I totally, TOTALLY agree. You should not commit to running being your "thing" if you don't enjoy it. There are just so many ways out there to keep active and fit that it just doesn't make any sense to do something you don't like when there are better ways to do what you do like. So good for you for letting yourself off the hook, and happy exercise exploring!

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  15. I have never been a fan of running, I like my exercise cleverly disguised as fun. Like playing softball or walking the dogs!

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  16. I hate running. I ran track and cross country in high school and I hated every solitary second of it. Everyone says you'll just get used to it and eventually like it but no. Lies. I will do anything under the sun to avoid running.

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  17. I agree with Amanda, it took me a few years to really love running. I had a lot of injury issues in the beginning and honestly, the only thing that made it better was continuing to run and getting better/more efficient at it. Seems counterintuitive, but that's what worked for me. But if you don't want to go that route I totally understand and am so glad you admitted that to yourself. And here. So often I hear people say that they run even though they hate it and I'm just like...why?! There are so many other activities and ways to stay active that I don't see be point in sticking to one activity that you truly hate. You have a lot of great alternatives listed here!

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  18. Oh my goodness. This post speaks directly to my soul. I absolutely loathe running and I always feel like I'm the uncool kid in the blogosphere because it seems like everyone else loves it! I'm totally down with long walks, dancing, biking, spinning, etc., but I just can't get on board the running train. I totally admire you for trying it and actually accomplishing some massive feats (half marathons are NO JOKE), but you have no clue how good it feels to hear someone else say they don't like it! I really think if you find something active that you enjoy, it's much more sustainable and something you're less likely to quit doing!

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  19. not gonna lie, i didn't love running until i became really good at it. then i felt powerful and strong and awesome. right now i'm slow and bigger and lethargic and i don't love it. it's hard. i hate feeling useless. i feel that way about any exercise, i don't like being bad at it.
    that being said, i love that you recognise it and are moving on. one thing i can't stand is people who say they hate running but continue to run. or they hate it and they've literally never tried it. there is not a single thing in this entire world that is for everyone. except maybe breathing.

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  20. Yes girl! I am so there with you. I did the whole C25K thing because I wanted to be able to run. I was able to accomplish so much during that program. I mean, I started barely being able to run a minute and finished with running for way longer than I ever have at one time. But you know what...I didn't like it when I started...and I still don't like it today! I run once or twice a week for cardio and calorie burn, but I don't enjoy it the way I do my weight lifting days.

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  21. Yes to the running thing. People keep telling me if you run consistently at least 20 miles per week you'll start to really love it...I did it, not for me. No matter how much I run I never get to that "runners high" I'm fairly certain that it's an urban legend. I do like running shorter distances, like 5K's. And yes to working out and changing it up, just be active!

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  22. heyyy! did you get my reply to your email? I wanna collab with you missy! :) haha
    I used to LOVE running sooo much (i wasn't amazing and i never did races, but I loved running a few miles to get a workout in) and now I am totally with you. I kind of enjoy doing other things to exercise and stay fit! you should totally post some workouts so I can copy you haha

    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  23. I totally agree! This is something I am working on!

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  24. I'm right with Amanda & Tracy! If you asked me in high school if I loved running I would have laughed and said "awww nah". I was actually thinking this morning during my run what exactly I liked about running but it's kinda hard to put into words. I think because we all have our own running journeys and we get different things out of it. I'm glad you're not forcing yourself to do it just for the sake of doing it because your time is limited and exercise should be fun!! :)

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  25. Raises hand high - I'm not a runner either! I love to workout, but running is so not my forte. But you are amazing gurlie! I barely got through a 5K, I can't even imagine a half marathon!

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  26. I am glad you figured out what you like and don't like to do for fitness. Once you start doing things you actually enjoy it makes doing it a lot easier. I've found that I really enjoy Body Pump and since starting to attend those classes I have been the most consistent with my workouts in the history of my life (besides softball in high school). I am so glad that we don't all have to do the same thing in order to be fit. Each of us are different so it makes sense that each of us would have a different preference for how to be active.

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  27. I am with you on the running...I like to run actually, but any thought of a long race makes my stomach drop and sounds miserable. It definitely helps to find out what you like! I tried some classes, which I really enjoyed, but lately have been doing my own thing. I have to say I like it more...I like being able to be flexible with my time and I am enjoying it more and seeing results that I wasn't necessarily seeing before. So glad you are finding things that fit you!

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  28. I don't like running either - it hurts my old lady bones specifically my knees & hip. However, I do like the thought of hitting the treadmill for a little bit at a fast walk pace but running, nope. Not for this girl. I've only done one 5K but I walked it & that was fine by me, watching all those runners made MY body hurt. Tee hee! But you gotta do what you're comfortable with & that you enjoy doing. :)

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  29. 100% agreed. After my hip fracture, I decided no mas! Besides, I love Body Pump, yoga, swimming, hiking...all way more fun than 2 hours of running!!

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  30. I feel you on this! I don't love running BUT I continue to do it because of the results I get from it. But I don't think I'll ever run further than a 5k. I got injured doing a 10k and it's just not worth it to me to push it again! But yay for weights, spin, swimming, and all other opportunities to exercise!

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  31. I have definitely had to learn to be more accepting of cardio. I could swim for days but if you tell me to run a mile, it's awful. I decided to spoil myself and get a trainer at my gym and she has opened my eyes to weights along with different cardio. It has been such a learning experience.

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  32. Too funny! I'm a runner but I can completely relate sometimes :) It's definitely a lot of work both mentally & physically. But you did it anyway! That says something :)

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  33. I hear ya! I do love it but also hate it some days! After I hurt my knee I felt the same way. I think the long distance may be out the window for me for a while as well. Maybe one day I will pick it back up but I would rather be able to run 5-6 miles and feel fine rather than hurt myself again trying to do 13.

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  34. Such a great post! I always preach to my classes that the key to fitness is all about finding something you love! Some people love to run, some don't.. and that's okay. :) Personally, I'm pretty terrible at Zumba and all forms of dancing classes so I tend to stay away. :)

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  35. I hear you, lady! I'm not the biggest fan of running, it's tough to retrain and I never really quite GET there to where I NEED it everyday. working out i need, but running maybe not so much.

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  36. You are NOT alone. I've tried and I just don't get it. I don't mind jogging in new neighborhoods for a couple of miles (with a little walking breaks) but anything more than 3 miles is hard on my body and I don't enjoy it. Finding fun ways to stay fit is the key. Rock O'Clock for the win!!

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