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19 + 6 Reasons to Start Running

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“There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.”
~George Sheehan

source: HuffPo

I got moved yesterday.  Had my intake at the county MHC here today & see my new therapist later this week.  I also began the process of getting signed up with vocational rehab, so hopefully I can get a job here.  Sadly, there is no internet at the house yet, so I’m writing this from the library where I have to wear pants, & it’s hella cold, so this will be brief.

Since I’ll be starting C25K next Monday, I’ve decided to focus on running this week.  Yay!

I found this article on HuffPo & decided to add a few of my own reasons to it.  They talk about making friends, relaxing, living longer, burning calories, etc.  Here are my five six extra reasons:

1.  You’re not too fat to run.  Unless your doctor has told you not to run, you can run.  A lot of people think they need to get skinny before they run, but no.  You don’t have to be a marathoner or run a 10min mile out of the gate, you just start where you at & go from there.  Everybody starts somewhere.  A 400lb sumo wrestler ran a marathon.  Regan Chastain, fat activist, blogger, & dancer, is training for an Ironman.

2.  You’re not to slow to run.  I’m not going to say the assholes who say you must be <this> fast to be a runner aren’t out there, but in my experience they are the exception.  I have found runners to be very inclusive.  Runners like running & like other people who like running.  Plus, they all know what it’s like to be a beginner.  Know what else?  You’re supposed to start slow!  Your body needs time to adjust to running.  My reading tells me you want to work on stamina before speed to give your body time to strengthen itself.  The impact of running can triple the impact of your weight on your body.  The slower you run, the lower the force is.  So if you have bad knees or are a very large person worried about your joints, just go easy.  Let your body tell you how fast it’s ready to go & honor that.  (They make knee sleeves you can wear for extra support, but if you’ve got big legs good luck finding one that fits.)  It’s also perfectly acceptable to do intervals of walking & running.

Some people will say you’re not running, you’re jogging, but what is jogging?  It’s slow running.  That’s like saying you can’t be eating food because you’re eating pizza.  Pizza is food.  Jogging is running.  One of my friends once said I was jogging when he asked how fast I was.  I asked how fast he could run a mile & he shut up. (He can’t even run a mile at any speed. 😛 )

3.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to run.  Sure you’ll see some tricked out runners at the track, but you don’t need that.  You need comfortable shoes & clothes.  That’s it.  You don’t need tech gear or $100 shoes, especially not starting out.  You don’t need a fancy gadget to track your speed & heart rate or anything with gps.  Wear a watch & time your runs.  You don’t need to know how fast or how far you go.

4.  You don’t need to wait to start when XYZ.  You can start now. Probably.  Obviously I don’t know your situation, but most people are waiting for some future date when everything will be perfect to start something new.  Guess what?  It’s never going to be perfect, so start now.

5.  You don’t know anyone who runs.  You don’t need anyone else to run.  It’s good to spend some time with just yourself.  Not everything needs to be done in packs.  But maybe I’m just a grumpy cat who doesn’t like the company of other people very much.

6.  You don’t like the idea of doing races.  A lot of people think running means racing, but plenty of people who run don’t race.  I did one race, hated it, & vowed to never do another one.  I learned running with other people is not my thing.  Also, if you’re worried about finishing last – I did & I survived.  Nobody even laughed at me.  Running a race also doesn’t mean racing.  I’d say most of the people you see at running events these days aren’t racing anyone except maybe themselves.  People like running, & most events are setup for fun & to raise money for charities, plus some people just like the t-shirts.

Okay, maybe if you’ve been thinking about running & have been afraid to start, one of those reasons will help you get going.  I would love to hear any other reasons people have for running, or if there’s another reason that keeps you from hitting the pavement (other than you don’t want to – which is a perfectly acceptable reason not to run).

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Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

2 thoughts on “19 + 6 Reasons to Start Running

  1. I like these, and venture to say that this could apply to other forms of exercise as well. I am planning to start doing yoga and riding my bike. I have the new helmet for the bike and I already have the mat for yoga, it’s just a matter of starting. Tomorrow I WILL get off my ass and RIDE THAT BIKE!

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