I have always hated running! Always!
I hated running in elementary school. I hated it in junior high. And I really hated in it high school gym. Over the years, I have tried to “like” the sport of running. I admire runners. I admire most athletes. And athletic is not one of my personal qualities.
Ten years ago, my children and husband talked me into trying the sport of Tae Kwon Do. I hated that too. But I stuck with it because my family insisted I keep trying. Eventually, I became a black belt. (It’s not that impressive)
It’s now 2018. It has been a year of change! We experienced five deaths in the first two months of the year. One of them was my father-in-law. I traveled to the Philippines which was my first international trip ever. And my daughter graduated from high school.
All of this change brought on a need for a stress outlet. And I started (speed) walking again. I started walking twice a week and gradually increased it to four times a week. Then I decided that I wanted to try running again. I slowly added 30-second run bursts to my speed walking routine. After a few days, I decided I still hated running. (insert sad face)
I hated the burning sensation in my lungs and chest. I hated that my feet, hips, neck, and shoulders hurt when I ran. I hated that everything hurt! Ugh. It was the pain in my neck and shoulders that got me thinking. Maybe I was running incorrectly? Maybe that’s why I hate it so much.
I did some research on correct running form and made adjustments. I bought a better pair of shoes. I found some music and podcasts that I really enjoyed. And I tried again.
I have been running for a month now. I started with 30-second run bursts scattered throughout my 1.5-mile speed walk. I am now running/speed walking 4 times a week. Half a mile of running and 2.5 miles of speed walking. Eventually, I will be able to run the full three miles. But, for now, I am learning to enjoy running.
I am beginning to look forward to my mornings when I run. I am up before the rest of the house and most of the world. And I finally see why people enjoy the sport of running.