Running. Sometimes.

As you probably know I advocate doing exercise you enjoy, you are much more likely to stick with it that way. However there is one exercise I don’t enjoy which I still do. Run. Let me count the ways I hate running……<several hours later>…..but I have this thing in my head about being able to run without stopping for 30 minutes. It’s kind of a baseline for me  for my health and fitness. Probably because after both children I had to start at the beginning of coach potato to 5K and it wasn’t fun or pretty getting back to the running for 30 minutes stage. To be honest I might be able to run longer than that. I could possibly, if one of my children’s lives depended on it, run a 10K and I have in the past run a 10 miler and been known to do triathlons (well 3 but one was Olympic distance!) However baseline for me – 30 minutes without stopping. On a Friday I have a very convenient 30 minutes where I could run after dropping my daughter off at pre-school and getting ready to go to my class. However it rarely happens weekly and this is why:

Run or Not Run? That is the question.

Run or Not Run? That is the question.

I have a very high skill level when it comes to finding excuses not to run.

I don’t enjoy the running process, I don’t get into the zone, I don’t find a rhythm, I don’t go to my happy place. I lumber along until the 30 minutes is up (skillfully timed to arrive back at my front door) and then collapse in a hot sweaty mess. However then the magic of exercise kicks in and I feel amazing and wonder why I don’t run more.  Until the next Friday of course when I wake up and…..well see above….

Do you have an exercise you hate but persist in doing for personal satisfaction?




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Comments: 14

  1. Gingerzingi March 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Ha ha! Yes, for me running is also that hated exercise. HATE. But every now and then I decide I should have a sort of baseline ability, as you put it, to run for 30 minutes. So I do the C25K program and hate every second of it. I complete the program, then never run again until 6 months or a year or 2 years later when I one again decide I should be able to run for half an hour…

    Like you I never find a zone or happy place – it’s pure horror every step. Maybe someday that will change. When I first started exercising regularly, I never experienced the endorphins or “runner’s high” people would talk about. I felt nothing but discomfort during exercise and nothing but exhaustion after. Very gradually that changed, and now a hard workout (of any kind) tends to give me a nice endorphin buzz. Weirdly, I think I had to get to a point of fitness where I was ABLE to workout hard enough to reach it. Despite how much effort it takes for me to run, I’m a very bad runner and don’t ever get to that point. I feel extreme relief when it’s over, but that’s not quite the same thing.

    • Helen March 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm Reply

      That’s a really interesting point, do you have to have a certain level of fitness before experiencing the endorphin buzz? I think I get an endorphin buzz after a run but maybe I’m just confusing it with the thank fuck it’s over buzz :) I certainly never feel the same way after a run that I do after a truly ball breaking lifting/strongwoman session.

      I think some people were just not born to run!

  2. Laura March 17, 2014 at 1:03 pm Reply

    This is exactly me! That thought process is the same one I go through every lunch time before my Lunchtime 4k. I am *exceptional* at finding just about any excuse not to do it and I hate every minute I am out when I do go.
    I successfully managed to get myself out of it every day last week…with the result that I now feel incredibly guilty so am forcing myself to go now…well…in 5 mins…maybe.
    I also find that when I run in my lunch hour I get all kinds of worked up about it beforehand…like proper adrenaline shakes and butterflies and heart poundings before I even start that I never get at home, and I can’t place why! Lx

    • Helen March 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm Reply

      You should try drawing a flowchart with reasons why you don’t run, that will provide yet another wasted lunchtime :)

      I didn’t used to mind running in my lunch hour coz otherwise I would just work during it anyway, it’s at home I find 101 things to do instead.

      It sounds like you need to find another form of exercise tbh, but I understand how running is so easy and cheap for most people.

  3. Caitlin March 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Planks. I fucking hate planks, but I do them because I need core strength and they are the best way to develop it. Plus, aero bars require that kind of strength. I hate them though and want to burn them with fire.

    • Helen March 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm Reply

      In England this is an Aero bar Aero chocolate bar. I’m guessing that’s not what you meant.

      • Caitlin March 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm Reply

        LOL no, but part of me wishes. Aero bars clip on to your handlebars so you can lean on them with your forearms while riding, like this:

        • Helen March 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm Reply

          Ah yes! I never got good enough at triathlons to use those (I was dangerous enough with clip in shoes…..)

        • G March 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm Reply

          I love how that guy has a water bottle just hanging out his unders. Like, where else is he going to put it! “It’s ergonomic, fits right in my buttcrack.”


          • Caitlin March 19, 2014 at 11:48 am

            Hahahaha. Elite triathletes often cross that line between cool and dorky, and this is one of those times.

  4. MrsB | Mind over Matter March 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Run slower! Most people hate running because they run too fast :) (fast for them)

    • Helen March 17, 2014 at 9:26 pm Reply

      Believe me I run slow as it is, I sometimes hesitate to call it a run it’s really more of a (slow) jog!

  5. Gingerzingi March 19, 2014 at 10:30 am Reply

    Coincidentally, just read a blog post about that “not fit enough to get runner’s high” idea:

    Apparently I’m not the only one who has noticed this.

  6. Helen March 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm Reply

    I LOVE that article!!! Thanks for sharing. I also need to know about ferret treadmills.

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