Have you noticed that running is very "in" right now? Maybe it's especially so among bloggers, or Mormons, or Mormon bloggers! Regardless it seems as if everyone I know is talking online (and in real life) about their love of running and latest race.
- I can run: for a while I thought I just didn't have the endurance. Then I discovered that if I worked slow and built up I could indeed run, without breaks, no walking. The day I jogged 20 minutes straight for the first time was a shock to me. A total shock.
- Achieving goals in running IS rewarding: There is an aspect to running that can be really rewarding: upping your per mile time, running a further distance/time without walking than ever before, etc...
- Running is boring: Okay, okay, so some people find it therapeutic, like meditation. I do not find it that way. My mind races a million miles an hour and when I'm out running all I can think is "I hate this, are we almost done with our intervals for today!??" or "how is it possible we've only being doing this for 2.5 minutes?!"
Stop trying what works for other people. I don't care what your skinny friend does, or what they do on the biggest loser, or what your husband does. I care what you WANT to do. What you won't dread doing. What you'll wake up in the morning thinking "hey today is ______ at the gym, let's go!" or "bummer, my daughter is sick and I'll miss _____ class today".
For me it has taken some time to figure out what I want to do. What will get me motivated to go to the gym.
- Going to the gym. There are great workout videos at home (and treadmills and such) but I like to get away, be at the gym, and have someone watch my daughter.
- Going to a class. The teachers in class push me harder than I would push myself just doing cardio/weight machines. And there's variety in classes.
- Going in the morning. I'll go anytime, but I love that feeling of getting it done right away. I feel better all day.
I just wish you all could live close by and be my gym buddies. That's pretty much the only thing that could make it better.