So…you don't love running


So, you say you don’t love running? Guess what? Neither do I! I detest running and it doesn’t like me anymore than I like it. But you know what? It is okay to not love running. There is no rule that you have to love running.

In my world, it is a no running zone. I’ve tried to run on numerous occasions. I’ve tried the c25k program with no luck. I’ve tried running with a friend with no luck. I’ve tried running with my own plan in mind with no luck. Running and I just do not get along.

I have arthritis in one knee. I have a bad back. Two things that don’t really bode well with running. The pounding that my joints take when I try running is something I just don’t need in my life. I know avid runners who say you can work through the pain. You’ll learn to love it. Just wait till you get that runners high. Yeah right! I have a daughter who runs like the wind. She ran Boston for heavens sake. She is the epitomy of someone who loves to run. I am not that girl. No way, no how.

I love to walk! I love to walk like runners love to run. It’s my thing. I have walked 5k’s and 10k’s. I’ve walked three half marathons. I’ve had to train just like runners do for a race. Those long walks when I train for a half marathon take a huge chunk out of a busy weekend. But, I do it because I love to walk.

It has taken me a long time to let myself be okay with not running. I have tried so my times in the solitude of my basement to get on that treadmill and run. I’ve gotten up early and hit the pavement in hopes of catching that feeling that runners talk about. It is just not happening folks. Never has and I’ve given up trying and I am finally okay with that.

The best news I have for you today is it is absolutely 100% okay to not be a runner. No need to feel guilty or less of a person because you aren’t a runner. Whatever activity is right for you is just fine. Maybe your thing is walking or yoga or zumba or cardio or tabata. As long as you are moving, that is what is important.

So all you non runners….hold your head up proud and repeat after me. I am not a runner. You don’t love running. I don’t love running. It is okay to not love running. We are still getting our grove on with lots of other activities and it’s all good!

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