Friday, December 28, 2012

running. . .running still!

Running, who'd have thought it? :) Last year I (for some reason? Don't know why, must have been a push from God maybe?) started running. Now, I have always disliked running. I began with using a Couch to 5K program (you can see my first post about it here). I did mention it again another month into it here. But guess what? I'm still running! I cannot believe it myself. :)

Now, I'm not a great runner, I'm not a fast runner, I'm not even a distance runner! I just basically run between 1.5 and 3 miles three times a week. But HEY!! I'm still running! I'm not thin, I'm not athletic, but I RUN!!

I have a sister who runs, she began a little before me, and this fall she ran in and completed her first marathon; she's also a thin little thing who always looks good and. . .and. . .and. . .

I think that Satan uses these thoughts in my mind to compare with myself and make me feel bad, but you know what? Nope! I am running because I LIKE to :) and because it's healthy for me, and because my legs are now super-strong (hahahahaha--maybe not super strong, but I do notice when I hike with my kids I can hold out a lot longer than them before needing a rest!!)

SO -- let me encourage you -- if you have any inclination to run or begin a running program -- give it a try! I really liked the couch to 5K way of easing you into it, with mostly walking and a little running at first, enough to make you not get too easily discouraged. Give it a try!!

*****and as a sidenote to a previous post about running, I did not like running in the summer better--felt like I was dying (!) well kind of -- for me it's SO much more comfortable running in 20 degree weather with a bit of bundling up!

So--what do you think? Do you run? Are you thinking of it? Go for it!! I'd love to hear about your running in the comments section here!


  1. Yay for you Sheila! I'm not a "runner" officially, however I am a "power walker" and sometimes incorporate running into my interval routine. By intervals, I mean that I don't walk the same pace or with the same stride for the entire distance. I use long, power/push strides for a while, then shorter, faster strides and sometime some running. My routine is six days a week, 4-5 miles per day. I've been a power walker for 30+ years, most of my life. I do it because it is necessary!
    I have walked breast cancer events of 20+ miles per day for a three day event, plus many other similar events.
    It is not only for my physical well-being, but my mental, emotional and spiritual health as well. I de-stress, ventilate emotions, pray, sing . . . whatever I need to do at the moment. It's a lifetime commitment for me and I think it has had a lot to do with my good health all my life. So, as you can see I'm certainly an advocate!
    Gotta keep moving!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Good for you! I'm not a runner or walker although I do the treadmill a bit. (I have knee problems where it doesn't really sit into the place it should after a car accident). We all need to get up and do something to get healthy so great job.