This is a guest post by Jessica L. She will be running The Community 5K on February 25, 2011. We would love to hear your running story, too. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a submission.
Hello. My name is Jessica, and I have made excuses to not run. There…I’ve said it. It’s out in the Internet galaxy, now. Whew! Here’s a little bit of my story:
I began running early 2011 in part because many of my friends from The Community started running, and also in part because I was about to get married in the summer. I did not enjoy running at all in the beginning. I’m the type of person who would much prefer to dance the calories away in Zumba than run in circles, but Zumba costs money, and I felt like it was the right time to start establishing a sustainable exercising routine.
I have had my ups and downs over the course of the past year with running, but I can honestly say that I LOVE running now. With this new passion for running, I have been able to weed out which excuses were actually excuses to not run, and which excuses were honest roadblocks to me maintaining consistency.
The largest roadblock I’ve had to overcome is the roadblock of TIME. I am a middle school teacher, and my schedule is not conducive to winter running. I was doing great in the fall, but once the days got shorter, I found it increasingly hard to find time to run throughout the week. I don’t live in the safest of areas, so running in the dark is out of the question. Not to mention that if I wanted to run in the morning, I would have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. No thanks… Fitting it in after school is another issue, because while I would love to run right after school, I typically have a few hours of work to do before I can head home.
So, needless to say, come November I had quite a conundrum. And truthfully, my running came to a screeching halt. Things were busier around that time, but I found myself relying on the excuse of no time to justify my laziness! I knew that something had to change, and so I have become quite creative in finding places and ways to run in the winter. Here are a few of my ideas:
Run inside. Yes, you heard me. Become a mall walker. For me, I’m actually becoming an “inside school runner.” Thankfully most of the students are gone by the time I start this, because I’m pretty sure they would be scarred for life if they saw me beet red and sweating. It’s free (no gym membership), and temperature/light controlled. I know most of you aren’t teachers, but I am sure you could think of some place to run laps in. I used to work at the mall, and we always had walkers/runners in there before we opened. There’s no shame in throwing on that 80s wind suit to run!
Running Partner + Headlamp + Pepper Spray: This is self-explanatory. Find a partner; find a headlamp; find pepper spray. RUN!
Stairs: Many office buildings have multiple floors. You could run up and down the stairs for a while as your “hills” day in your training plan.
Get a Gym Membership: This costs money, but for many people may be worth it to be able to exercise at any moment of the day (or night). This is your health we are talking about. While I am a cheap skate, if I absolutely had to, I would get a gym membership because this is just that important to me.
So, if you still have excuses, please contact me and I promise you I will talk you out of all of them. I’ll go ahead and start now: When I run, I don’t need coffee (which is a miracle in itself) because I have so much energy. I don’t get sick as often (which is also a miracle considering I work in a petri dish), and I just feel better. I stay at a healthy weight, and my cravings for food become healthier.
So really…what is holding you back?!