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Why Would I Ever Run?

I’m not a runner–at all. No matter what shape I was in when I made a go at long distance, the results were never satisfactory. By the time I made it to the mile marker my body was telling me to quit. It wasn’t even that I was tired, it was more the laborious nature of running that made me quit each time. It was the fact that I had to keep breathing in a controlled fashion, I had to keep running, and mostly that I was bored out of my mind that always put me over the edge. Running–just to run–has always seemed like a giant time waster to me.

Why would I ever want to run?

The only activities that seemed like a good opportunity for running involved games–e.g. soccer, football, basketball–and had some purpose that kept the activity off of my mind. Strategy does that. I get no runner’s high, but I do get a competitive high. Running can be competitive, but christ, you just run and that is unbelievably worthless to me.

What sucks is that prior to my next surgery about the only real running like activity I can safely do is to jog/run in my neighborhood, on a track, or on a field. And so I’m stuck with the boring ass activity that it is. Wearing a brace that is increasingly uncomfortable for these activities makes me want to shoot my face; I’m pretty much ready to head into surgery and commence with the rehab all ready.

So, why would I ever run? Because the only way for me to safely exercise is to participate in an activity that I hate. The only thing is, it’s put me in a little healthier place. I’ve lost a bit of weight from running, exercising, and eating a little better.

I wasn’t able to reach one of my goals last month, though I made a pretty good go of it, but I still had to run.

5 Responses to “Why Would I Ever Run?”

  1. Scott

    June 17, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

    Mike, holy cripes! Of course you aren’t built for distance. You’re built for speed. You can have endurance (futball) without being able to run miles upon miles.

    If capable, run hard at the 400 to 800 meter distance, in the proper spacing (email for details).

    The runner’s high is always available. Just look in the proper places to find it.


  2. Mike

    June 18, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    I’m very interested in the details. Are you saying that I should run a hard 400, rest, then run another 400, or some combination of 400 and 800, with short breaks in between each go?

    I think I could handle that.

    It’s just that…I see a lot of folks that I feel like I could outdo in a field game that can just run and run for miles. They run 5ks, etc. I’m not in terrible shape, despite my current limitations, and feel pretty good, but trying to run these same distances and failing is tough to take.


  3. Scott

    June 19, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    You’re right on track as far as the 400 and 800 repeats. You can mix up the two, but probably do more 800’s to gain endurance.
    Take a break between, long enough so that your heart rate drops back down close to resting rate. Then, balls out.

    Even though you’re only running 15–20 minutes overall, you still receive similar benefits of a 35 minute run. Reasoning: Over the course of a long road run, your HR is at a consistent level (we’ll say 70% of maximum HR). While running 800 repeats, your HR rate will probably be between 85 and 90%. By allowing your HR to drop back to near its resting rate before running your next repeat, you’re forcing your heart to do more work, thus strengthening that beautiful cardiac muscle.

    You’re much more prone to “hit the wall” doing this type of training than running the long distances because of the stress you put on your body. It’s still important, though, to mix in the occasional long run and have some variety in your cardio workouts (a fact I’m sure you were aware of).


  4. Mike

    June 25, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    I gave this technique a go earlier this week. Christ, it was hell.

    Though, I got a bunch of sideways looks from the distance folks running the track. Especially as I ran by them, then walked and they passed me, then I did the same.

    After I was done, they still ran, and just gave each other knowing, smug looks.


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