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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Keep Running

I have a coworker that recently quit smoking and decided to start running and living healthy. Every time he sees me, he's always has something to ask me. Today I ran into him in the hallway and he asked me "When does it become fun?" I was confused at what he was asking me.... "Running" he says. "When does it become fun? Because I have been running for a couple months now and I hate it!! My legs hurt, my feet hurt, I can't run far and I feel like I want to die half the time!"....  


I just had to laugh because it reminded me of myself when I started running a couple of years ago. We hung out for a while and talked about "running" for a good 30mins or so. He asked a lot of questions and asked for advise on a few things just as I did back then. Felt weird being on this side.

Before we parted ways, he confesses to me that he doesn't really hate running. All the pain aside, he says, he really enjoys it. So I gave him the same and best advice others gave to me, and I offer it to anyone else out there............. Keep Running!!!


6 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Keep running, indeed!

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I could not agree more. The more I run, the more I enjoy it.

Michael said...

I can remember that feeling so well....thinking am I ever going to really enjoy this...and then one day, without thinking about it I realized I did!

Char said...

Yep - that's definitely the best advice ever.

K said...

I once had a friend tell me that the first 6-9 months of running is really just getting through all the different aches and pains that come from the body adjusting to the new demand we are putting on it. Couple that with a few injuries, bad shoe choices, etc, and it could be a full year or so before it really feels fun. There are many glimpses along the way, otherwise, none of us would stick with it!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

My wife and I talk about this all the time - I think some people just have a natural love for running, but other people learn to love it. I think for most folks its a struggle though.