I have a question for you.
I hate running. I hate it so. I want to like it, I think, maybe, but I really hate it. And I think maybe I want to start running. Even though I hate it. (Yes, I know this seems odd, but you probably understand exactly what I mean.)
Running just seems like such a convenient way to get physical activity in, and I can do it anytime, anyplace. I really need to change my lifestyle, and now. My sister used to be a not-runner, and now she loves it… but she also has infinite amounts of spare time and is now in school to become a personal trainer.
Did you hate running when you started? How did you grow to like it? How did you get started? How do you make time in your exceedingly busy teacher life?
Alternatively, if you tried running and then decided to go another route, what did you do instead?
I am down for the count on running, but am going back to physical therapy (just got the referral from my doctor this week so that insurance will pay for it!!!). But, I did run, and I did run often. So, I am answering this even though I am not currently a runner.
I HATED running when I started. I was out of shape, got cramps, had boogers running down my nose, and often felt like I couldn’t breathe. I grew to like it because after doing it for a while, reading articles about things I could do to conserve energy and what not, it became easier. It also became my greatest stress relief — even now, after gaining a lot of weight from a different medical condition, I often wish at the end of a hard day that I could just go for a quick run. Runner’s highs are awesome dude.
The only way I could make time for it was to follow a training schedule and on days that I had to run on a work day, I did it right after work before anyone else. Because if I sat down on the couch it just didn’t happen for me.
Also, I would like to add that runner’s socks made a HUGE impact for me and so did buying insoles that were better quality than the ones that come with the shoes. Most of the ones that come with the shoe aren’t that great. I was really skeptical about them both at first, but oh my, what a difference they made.