Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To Run or Not to Run?

A little background on me - I am not a fan of running.  I love strength training, hiking, and various work out videos (30 Day Shred, Insanity) - but when it comes to running, I chicken out.  I love the idea of running - strength, freedom, stress relief - but when the run actually starts I spend the whole time trying to figure out what I am punishing myself for.  

About a month ago I started the Couch 2 5k program.  It is designed to get you from walking to running three miles in 9 weeks.  I figured 2011 would be my year to successfully run three miles and that if I still hated running I could check this type of workout off of my list.  I am currently stuck in Week 4 of C25K! I completed Week 4 a week ago, but I didn't feel incredibly strong about it so I said to myself "I'll run one more day of Week 4 and then start Week 5"  Well then finals happened and I was completely incapable of motivating myself to tie on my running shoes and go running. 

Yesterday, I mustered up the gumption to go ahead and do another Week 4 run and halfway through I quit.  Seriously, I am such a wimp!  I have tried fast music, praying, thinking about things I'm angry about, praying about my apparent anger issues, counting my strides and nothing keeps me from getting bored.  Yep, that's the problem - I get soooo bored!  It's not that I can't run - I am in decent shape, it's just that I am totally uninterested.

Right now I am debating whether completing this C25k thing is worth my obvious agony.  I really like to finish everything I start and maybe this is just the half-way hump? Am I alone in this debate: to run or not to run? :)


  1. Maybe you need to pick a different place to run, or a different time of day, or a different running buddy .... or download a new playlist, just for running.

    Then again ... just because it's a "thing" right now doesn't mean it has to be your thing.

  2. I work that program into my daily workouts as well and haven't got past Week 1. Haha! I am not a natural born runner. I want to like running but I haven't fallen in love with it. I have also never experienced this great "runner's high" I always hear about. Pssh. I'll enjoy swimming for cardio all summer. That's the plan anyway. Haha!

  3. Maybe you should just run the 3 miles tomorrow and be done with it? =)