A few weeks ago, as many of you were celebrating National Running Day by well, running, I found myself ironically celebrating the day by not running and worse yet, defending running.
Yes ~ you read that correctly. For some strange reason, (well, not that strange, I was dealing with a sore back and tight hamstring that made me limp),
everyone around me six different people in the span of 24 hours, felt compelled to ask me, "Why do you keep running?" or a slightly different version: "Do you really HAVE to run?"
The second question rolled off the lips of the sports massage therapist who had, in an attempt to loosen my hip/glute joint area, manipulated (read: grossly twisted and rotated) my knees so much that I ended up not being able to run for the next five, yes, five days, starting with ~ you guessed it: National Running Day. Thank, Mr. Sports Massage Therapist. And he wanted to know if I really had to run.
Well, let's see .... I'm thinking.... wait for it .... YES, I really have to run! And no thank you, I won't be needing the $5.00 discount for another appointment with you.
It isn't running that makes my body hurt.
It's all the other stuff: sitting for countless hours at a desk job in a cubicle cave, the sidebar illnesses that come with being diabetic, and the biomechanical imbalances that have resulted from old Navy injuries and accumulated years.
Running isn't bad.
Running doesn't damage you.
Being negative and lazy is bad.
Being negative and lazy does damage you.
Is NOT running an option? Um, no. Please quit asking what is to me, frankly, a really dumb question.
But Robin, you say you don't really like running... Why do you keep doing it? True, I'm not keen on the act of running. It's uncomfortable. It makes me winded. It makes me sweat buckets. Sometimes, it makes my chest hurt. Sometimes, when I try to sprint to the finish, it makes me feel like I'm going to throw up. Often, it makes my body ache for a little while. What? Muscles are sore from use??? Oh, no! Not that! That can't be good! And..... if I overdo it, I need a nap that would rival most bears in the winter months.
But hey, as Dr. Phil would say,
"It's working for me."
Yes, to all those who wonder aloud with a look of uncertainty or disbelief, and feel compelled to question my decisions, running is working for me. Finishing those miles feels good. Accomplishing a goal feels good. Demonstrating self-discipline feels good. Being willing to do it and committed to doing it even when it doesn't feel good, feels good.
You say you're too tired. Me, too. You say you're too busy. Me, too. You say your knees, back - fill in the blank - hurts. Me, too. You say you're too old. Not buying it. You say you're too heavy. How do you think you got that way??? (Been there, too.)
You say you can't.
Because you are choosing not to.
Choosing not to is (apparently) working for you.
Being negative and/or lazy is (apparently) working for you.
Humans were not designed to sit for hours
on a couch or in an office chair.
Yet many of us are doing exactly that.
We were designed to move.
Now, get up,
quit yapping and wasting energy,
quit raining on my healthy parade....
Walk. Run. Bike. Swim.
You might even find that it's working for you!
Own your journey. From the "InsideOut."™
Own your journey. One run at a time.™