Sucking Sucks, A Runners Tale

Be thankful it's not smell-o-vision...

Today is the 7th run on my path to running a 5K. It’s my 4th day straight, which is pretty cool. I hope to continue with my daily runs, even if they’re small runs. Building up that habit is something I’ll be really proud of. But…

I really suck at running.

No really, that’s not a false humility sorta thing. I’m not fishing for compliments. But today was the first time I had to jog 3 minutes straight. Oh. My. Word. It’s unbelievable how difficult it was to stay trudging along at 5MPH for 3 consecutive minutes.

I have friends who are “runners”, and I often see them talk about the “short 5 mile run” they took that morning. Or, “it was rough between miles 6-8, but the last 7 were smooth.” I’m really happy for them, and it’s cool they can run like that. The problem is, if I look at the math, at my current rate of improvement, it will take approximately 6 millennia for me to get to that level of ability.

I know, I’m just whining now, but I’m not even running! I almost died from jogging for 3 minutes. It’s difficult to imagine jogging an entire 5K, much less running that far. And taking a “short 5 mile run” any time in the foreseeable future? Ugh.

Anyone else have a difficult time imagining themselves as real “runners”? I sure do…

5 thoughts on “Sucking Sucks, A Runners Tale

  1. I find that ‘speed’ walking over longer distances let’s me build stamina, then just progressively go faster! Biking everywhere is also good!

  2. I’m with Janiece. As for conditioning (which is really the issue) any kind of physical exercise is going to increase your conditioning gradually – pretty much the only way you’re going to increase conditioning. Walking up hill is my favorite way to do that. 🙂

  3. The heck with what they all say. Keep running, slow down and establish a pace you can maintain, while working, for the distance. Also, if you battle weight like I do, make sure you are learn to run on the the balls of your feet. Don’t give up!

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