I have a confession to make.
I hate running. Seriously. I don’t like it at all.
When I’m outside, I have trouble pacing myself. When I’m inside, I feel like I may die of boredom on the treadmill.
I’m jealous of these people I see at the gym who just make it look like the easiest, most relaxing, calorie-burning experience. Seriously, who are these people?
Yet, I’m running. After 27 years of hating running, I’ve given in. I’m not even sure what started it. About two months ago, I started jogging parts of my workout. I usually do crazy long walks outside (my friend Lynn and I have done about 10 miles on some trails near my house) or I walk on the treadmill where I’m constantly increasing the speed and resistance.
I started with 5 and 10 minute jogs as part of the hour long walk. And kept building. The other day it was a 5 minute walk warmup, 15 minutes running, 10 minutes walking and then another 30 minutes running with a 5 minute cool down.
I have no idea how people zone out when they do this. I have no idea how people find it relaxing. I think I get to the end of each running portion out of sheer determination. (I will make it to 30 minutes)
What I do know is that it’s good for you. If the calorie counters on the machines are correct, I burn more calories running than walking or ellipticalling. (yep, just made up that word) And I like how I feel afterward.
I’m trying to run 3 times per week and just see where it goes. Maybe I will get to that point where I find it both relaxing and good exercise. We’re definitely not there yet. But we’ll see what happens.