I guess you could say that running has never been “my thing.”
I openly hate all sports and have zero fond memories of gym class. Even as a kid I didn’t get the point of getting all psyched up and “winning.”
“What about the losers?” I thought. “Can’t we do something more inclusive and constructive?” This kind of dialogue usually goes nowhere when a child is trying to reason with an adult whose profession requires them to wear a whistle around their neck.
By the time I was in high school I would usually refuse to participate. Taking a cue from my hero, Jerry Seinfeld, I stood on the sidelines.
But here I am at 31 and I’m starting to run. I’m following an eight-week program that will build up my endurance to where I can run for 30 minutes (no breaks). So far I’ve kept on track and am currently on the third week of my program. This week I run for 3 minutes and walk for 1 min six times. Still less than 30 minutes in total. I’m not going to lie – it is really hard. Something about running makes me miserable. I hate the sweating, the cramping, and the sun in my eyes. Why am I doing this? Because I’m convinced I need to actively work to maintain my health.
I might be a cynical pessimist but I’m not resigning myself to let my body atrophy naturally over time here. That just sounds horrible… Morose!!!
No, I will try harder to make myself healthy through diet, exercise and ideally a peaceful mind. I want to be able to look through my record collection when I’m old without worrying about hurting myself. Can you imagine how sad it would be if I were to injure myself reaching for an Ace of Base CD? Picture me in the future explaining to my doctor that “I’m old school and I wanted to listen to ‘The Sign’ and read along to the lyrics printed in the booklet.”
So I’m looking for any tips on this running journey. I’ve got No Meat Athlete, which has all the information I could need to work myself up to running a marathon. My running playlists could use some tweaking. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of long Guns N’ Roses songs like “Coma” and “Estranged” to take my mind off the time. There is a 10 minute plus version of Motley Crue’s “Hooligan’s Holiday” remixed by Skinny Puppy that I can’t recommend enough. The more I get into the music the less I feel like I want to check my time on my watch.
I know I need some pre and post running fuel so watch out for the new recipes I’ll be coming up with.