I No Longer Hate Running // Swim, Bike, Run

I don’t hate running. Not anymore. Not really. I have no idea how it happened. It might not be on my top ten list of things I would like to do everyday, but sometimes it is. I first noticed a change when I came home from a swim/run in April and said to my husband, “It was the perfect night for a run.” He just looked at me and said, “Who are you?”

I realized I had made the switch when I ran the July 3 5k evening race with a good friend. J and the kids came, it was not blistering hot, and as I lined up with a few hundred other runners, it hit me–I don’t hate this. I even like it. It was kind of a surreal moment.  I loved having Mr. L cheer wildly for me at the finish line, and was proud that I ran it in under 28 minutes. I met my goal. Yeah.

I love that running doesn’t take many (financial) resources. You need a good pair of shoes, but other than that, you could run in old sweats and a tshirt. You don’t need a fancy bike, or bike shoes, or a pool, or swim cap and sunscreen, etc. You can lace up your shoes and just go. I like that. Running sometimes feels a little more honest than biking to me.  There isn’t a whole lot you can do to give yourself an advantage other than just run.

Now of course, I don’t run more than three miles or so. And I don’t expect that to change.  But I love running in my neighborhood, new neighborhoods, when I go on vacation, and especially when it is not hot and humid. Or dark and freezing. I hope its a nice fall… because I don’t think I’m the only one who is officially done with the 51 days of above 90 degree weather we have had this year.

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  1. Posted August 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Who are you and what have you done with my wife? Also, you may place me firmly in the “biking is much more fun than running” camp.

  2. syocom
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I am still getting to the part where I like running. I have come from a swimming background and struggle. Although I was excited the other day when I went two miles on the tread mill (going back and forth form run to walk). Maybe the excitement of finishing that is a good sign for me.

  3. Posted August 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Don’t worry J. I’m not REALLY going to turn into a runner instead of a cyclist. Its much more fun. Maybe it was the thrill of running in 65 degrees that got to me. :)

    syocom–keep it up! I never thought I would say I would “like” to run! For a long time I have done a run two minutes, walk one minute, until I couldn’t do it anymore. And then run one minute, walk two minutes, and then back to the first. I like it. Luckily I can now actually just run. :)

  4. Posted August 19, 2010 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    i WISH, oh, how i WISH i liked running. i’ve dreamed, quite literally, that i am a fantastic runner. repeatedly. but in real life it kicks my butt. every. single. time. i’m still at the point where exercising 6 times a week is a feat for me. but hey, i never thought i could do that, so maybe i will run? someday? :)

    i LOVE the name of your blog, btw.

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