Running is Stupid and I Keep Doing ItNovember 12, 2013
If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you know my opinion of “Why run when you can ride a bike?” and “running is stupid”.
Running has always had a bad rap in my mind; mainly because I’m an ugly runner. It’s hard, it’s one of the few things in raw athletics that doesn’t come naturally to me. I can go ride a bike for 100 miles without thinking twice, but a 30-45 minute run is a humbling and slightly humiliating experience. In general, I hate running, it’s stupid, and I’d rather be doing anything else.
But in a quest for a zen-like state, I’m bound and determined to conquer the running thing once and for all. After running a 1/2 marathon with no training a few years ago, and a 1/4 trail marathon with no training back in August; I’ve set my goal on knocking out a trail half marathon and possibly a half road marathon in early 2014.
I’ve been discreetly running for the past couple of months and really found some running form when I was out in Colorado back in September. Between being back in the great town of Colorado Springs, the scenery and the weather I was knocking out the runs.
Keeping the effort going, I’ve been chipping away at my form here in Indianapolis. It’s still not pretty, I’m not built like a runner, but I am getting more comfortable getting the job done. For the first time ever, I ran on the Monon Trail yesterday here in town. I had worked in the morning at a gig and was working out of the community workspace in the afternoon; but I had planned ahead and had my running stuff in the car as I had a 5:30 MeetUp and knew I wasn’t going to have time to come home and run from there. So, off I went at 3:45 in an effort to get my sweat on and suffer a bit to knock out a quick 4 miles before getting back to my day.
So as I continue to work on the running, I’ll most likely continue to hate it, but I can check off the 1/2 marathons as my quarter-life crisis next year and move on with my life.
Conquer and Succeed, it’s the only way, even with something as stupid as running.