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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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    Exercise should be something you enjoy if you intend to stick with it. DEFINITELY ditch the uninspiring and go with your personal fave! emoticon
    4087 days ago
    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!
    4336 days ago
    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!
    4336 days ago
    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.
    4336 days ago
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