Thursday, June 24, 2010

IP: i love running!

This post is kind of a copy cat post. I was reading my friend Rachel's blog today and she was talking about how she really got into running, which made me think about how I've really gotten into running lately. Sure, over the years I've had random urges to run, but I would generally go out for about 20 minutes and not go for another run the rest of the year. These urges to run generally coincided with beautiful weather, so it was more me wanting to be outside and feeling like I should be running, rather than me wanting to become a runner.

When I joined WW I didn't really do much in the way of activity for the first two months. I justified this with the fact that I was steadily losing without it, and I would start when I stopped losing. I eventually started the couch-to-5k (C25K) program, but I stopped after like, two days. Running just wasn't for me! I sucked at it. So I found other ways to exercise.

A couple months ago, I had that random urge to run again, probably sparked by all of my friends on the WW message boards who were starting to run (or had been running). I decided to give C25K another try, but this time I was so excited I signed up for a race just 10 weeks later (the program is designed to take 9 weeks). Man, what a difference that made! Especially since my race was a charity race, so friends and family had donated to the cause. I couldn't let them (or myself) down. I pushed past the usual two-day-quitting mark and realized something.

I actually enjoy running.

Sorry, what did you just say?

Let me repeat: I actually enjoy running. omg.

Now, when I take a few days off, I feel guilty. Even when I know I shouldn't be running, like when I injured myself (yes, I know, I was dumb and pushed too hard at the beginning. But I'm better now! I promise). This guilt is a huge motivator to get me moving! You know what else motivates me? Challenges with friends! Thanks to JB for doing the Nike+ challenge with me. We're both kicking butt and taking names!

I love that I can actually experience a change of scenery when I'm running outside, instead of running in place at the gym (or really any exercise at the gym). The gym is kind of boring. Like, really boring. And also, running is FREE! I like free stuff. Free stuff means I have more money to spend on food and clothes. And I love food and clothes, as I've mentioned before...and will probably mention many more times.

Anyway. I've passed the point of no return. I ♥ running.

<------Chillaxin' after my race, feelin' good about life.