Guilty Pleasure: Running

No one would ever mistake me for an athlete. I’m not particularly coordinated, have little interest in regular activity, and certainly never participated in any school sports. Until recently, the most regular exercise I got was on daily walks with my dog (which really are just casual things, nothing that causes any sort of sweating or tired muscles). Still, despite my lack of drive and interest in the general subject of sports, I’ve always wanted to be a runner.

And so it was that in the spring a fellow library pal was training for the Fifth Third River Bank Run and I thought to myself, I could do that, I could run. I bought running shoes, installed an app on my iphone (pleasant British lady telling me when to run, when to walk, and throwing in an excellent just when I needed it, included) and 9 or so weeks later I was a regular runner (or on my way to being one anyhow). In August I ran my first ever 5k and now I’m training for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in May 2011!

The truth is, in the beginning, I didn’t think I could do it, but on that last day, the final run in the Get Running program on my iphone, I finished (with celebration) and knew I wouldn’t be able to quit. Every time I go out for a run, I run a little faster or a little farther than I ever have before. I reach milestones, big and small. It really is a bit of a boost, a spark. But it is also my thinking time. As tiring and exhausting as running can be, it’s very meditative.

Anyway (back to books) it’s probably no surprise that all of this running has me reading about running…check these out:

6 Responses to “Guilty Pleasure: Running”

  1. October 27, 2010 at 4:54 am #

    Congratulations!

  2. October 27, 2010 at 8:18 am #

    I like the part about getting ready by installing a phone app–

  3. October 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I ran my first 5K this summer, too. I did the Reeds Lake run. I trained through Gazelle's Gazoom group, which was really nice. The majority of the runners were also pretty new to running. I'm hoping to start back up again soon, after taking the fall off!

  4. October 28, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    Talk about a success story! I always a reason for the running. Be it a soccer ball on the ground, trying to catch the bus, zombies chasing after me in the park, … little motivators.

  5. October 28, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    always need*

  6. October 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    I'm glad that I was an inspiration for at least one person! Too bad I started having issues with my knee. You'll have to run for both of us ;) NOT! I'll see you at the Bigfoot Snowshoe Race, Fox!