The Day I Actually Liked Running

20 Sep

My whole life (well, my preteen life up ’til now), I have wanted to be a runner. I’ve admired those girls that gracefully jog along the sidewalk, bleach blonde ponytail swinging back and forth, running shorts and tank top perfectly in place, while passersby admire…

Okay, okay… so maybe that’s only in the movies. The thing is- I’ve tried running. I began the track season in 7th, 8th and 9th grade, but never made it past the “conditioning” stage. My knees hurt, my ankles were swollen, and I was convinced that I had shin splints. It could’ve had something to do with that fact that I was wearing shoesย  a 1/2 size too big, and the only exercise I was getting prior to the season was in the form of walks with my mom and dance classes, but nonetheless, the only thing I proved to myself (so I thought) was that I was just not cut out to be one those “those” runners.

And since then, running and I have had an off and on relationship. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that most of this is just mind over matter. Running is as much as a mental sport for me as it is physical, and I have to be in the right mindset to enjoy it. Read: Last night I did 3.7 miles of walk/run intervals (using the Galloway method) at the gym…and I actually enjoyed it. A lot.

Then, this morning…I did this:

Yes, I signed up for an 8K. And it’s a little less than two weeks away.

It wasn’t a complete spur of the moment thing, because my sister and I have been talking about running some kind of race for awhile now, but last night’s gym session just gave me the extra push that I needed to sign up.

So, it’s official. I will be running that race in two weeks, and I will enjoy it :). It’s not a half marathon, and it’s not a marathon (heck, it’s not even a 10K), but it’s a goal that I’ve set for myself, and I’m going to accomplish it. Thank you, Colleen, for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚ (she just signed up for a half marathon!).

Since I will not be running tonight (my leggies are a little sore…), I am going to go for a walk and enjoy my free time with Jordan. Have a great evening!

Do you enjoy running long distances?

Are you signed up for any races this fall?



16 Responses to “The Day I Actually Liked Running”

  1. lactosefreelizzie September 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    good lucky emily! you are gonna do amazing–i can feel it!!!

  2. Grace September 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Yay! That is so awesome! I am NOT a natural runner it is very hard for me and I run very slow so the Galloway Method helps me on my long runs! I also recommend listening to audiobooks while running I just started doing it and I love it!

  3. Laura @ LauraLikesDesign September 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    You’re going to do awesome! I just know it!

  4. Mallory @ It's Only Life After All September 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    That’s awesome Emily!!! Races are always so much fun & you will feel amazing afterwards! I know you can do it ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love running distances! It took me a while to get into running, but once I did there was no turning back. I haven’t officially signed up yet, but I’m thinking of running the Hartford half marathon on Oct 15. It’s just so darn expensive!

  5. runyogarepeat September 21, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Awesome! The thing I love about running is you feel great afterwards even if you run slow, fast, or take walk breaks. I did track in high school and have always been a slower runner, which kinda frustrated me that I wasn’t one of “those fast” runners. I still love it though, and I’d rather go long and slower instead of super fast for a mile.

  6. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) September 21, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    That is awesome! I love running because even though it stinks to get through, once you do-nothing can take that feeling away. I’m glad to hear Emily and that 8k will have nothing on you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. runningismagical September 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Wooo! Congrats on signing up- that’s usually the first step. I used to totally envy runners too. It definitely isn’t easy for me, but its what helps me stay sane during the work week! can’t wait to hear about your first race ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions September 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Go girl! I’m hoping to run an 8K in April…we’ll see how I’m feeling when registration opens for the race.

    I’m supposed to be running a 5K in three weeks, but I’m fighting one heck of a back injury right now, so we’ll see if that happens or not :/

  9. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    congrats! It will be fun! That’s how I got into running – I signed myself up for a 10K and committed to it! Now I LOVE running!

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