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So Here's the Thing...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I don't actually like running. It's boring. I've been doing this C25K thing, and I've done alright, I guess, but I just don't look forward to it. There are lots of things I'd rather do---workout-wise, not just "things I'd rather do"---that I would actually get done and enjoy doing. Dance workouts. Yoga. I do Curves 2-3 times a week and I've been doing the C25K thing 3 times a week. That's 6 days a week, three of which I dread and may not actually complete.

Apart from just a mental distaste for running, my body doesn't seem to like it, either. Feels like it's rattling my already-operated-on-once spine and my hope-they-don't-get-worse knees. I can't even run first thing in the morning because my back is so sore from just sleeping.

I guess the only thing I DO like about the C25K is that there's a sense of accomplishment when I get done. This, "Veni, Vidi, Vici" kind of thing. Although, if I quit now, I feel more like, "Veni, Vidi, Vado."

So what's more important? Getting the workouts done, or enjoying workouts enough to keep doing them? Should I persist with the C25K, even though it's super boring? Or should I do my dance workouts that are fun and energizing? *sigh* Decisions, decisions.

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  • REMODELINGPAT
    Exercise should be something you enjoy if you intend to stick with it. DEFINITELY ditch the uninspiring and go with your personal fave! emoticon
    4083 days ago
  • TIMEFORJENN
    If you are not enjoying it then don't do it. The point of exercise and getting healthy is to do what is fun for you. I am doing it and I love it. I love the feeling of accomplishment I have. I need a goal to do my workouts.

    As long as you are doing something then you need to do that and enjoy!
    4332 days ago
  • SFLEMING3
    I know you are not supposed to wear headphones, etc. when you are running or walking but I like to listen to books on CD. You can drag them to your MP3 player. When I really get into a book I can totally forget that my time is up on my exercise! When I am outside I just put in one ear plug so my other ear can remain aware of my surroundings!
    SF
    4332 days ago
  • CHEWIEKIKI
    All I can tell you is when I worked up to running longer distances, I fell in love with it. I never really enjoy the first mile or two (lots of creaks and pains), but amazingly the runner's high is not a myth and it does kick in! For me 6 miles is an ideal distance. I can run 2 miles and feel like crap when I quit, but if I run longer, I feel high as a kite and energized when I'm done. I even got to the point where I'd run 6 and think "I've got 2 more miles in me for sure!"

    Unfortunately though, my knees aren't built for running. They can handle 3 miles at a time pretty well, but at the 6-mile mark the IT BAnd Syndrome starts to kick in with a vengeance. Any more than that is a no go.

    So you have to do what's right for you. For me, I went beyond the drudgery and boredom and found that high I'd always read about. But I always had to run a minimum distance to get there, and the beginning never really got that much easier. But it was worth it for me.
    4332 days ago
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