Me vs Running

Fit & Training door thijs

I have this love-hate relationship with running. I want to love it, but I also love to hate it. However, this year I’m going to commit: I’m going to run my first 10K race.

I hated running
A few years ago, I was in really bad shape as I hated working out. Whenever we had to do running things in high school, I almost immediately started walking: I just really hated running. It made my body and my lungs hurt. I hated that and I just simply didn’t want to do it. But then I discovered that exercising was a really good way to relieve some stress and I fell in love. I went to the gym daily. Until I moved and I didn’t have a gym – that was the first time I went for a run out of free will. In tennis shoes. 3K.

Like, ouch. I couldn’t walk for a week. Never, ever, try to run in something other than running shoes. Running shoes are invented for a reason. So I bought my first pair of running shoes and I tried to run once or twice a week. Then I moved again and I found a gym and I forgot about running.

I actually enjoy it most of the time
Recently I started again. Now, I sort of run once every week or every two weeks or even three weeks (haha) and a while ago, I ran my first 10K without having the intention to do so during that run. So I actually can do it. Believe it or not, nowadays, I actually enjoy it most of the time. A nice run is a great way to clear my head. And I love working out outdoors - nothing beats fresh air.

So, why did I write this article? As I said before, I'm going to commit and run my first 10K race. This will happen in a few months. By that time, I want running to feel natural and I want to run a good time. For the coming weeks, I want to set a goal that is achievable because I'm going to be quite busy until the end of March.

The best way to commit is to write it down here, black on white. I'm going to run 6 times this month. I just want my body and muscles to get used to running.

There it is. Who's with me?