I’ve been trying not to think about the fact that I can’t run for a long time now, but after two successful pain-free runs this week, I think it’s time to start letting my running love back in. True, both runs were only two minutes long, and yes, I’ve done this many many times in the last two years only to have the pain soon return… but it’s time to be optimistic, because why the hell not? So in the spirit of this running optimism, here are the top 5 things I miss about running, and look forward to experiencing soon!
Top 5 Things I Miss About Running
1. Full-body fatigue: I’ve come to love weight lifting, but it’s always just one or two muscle groups per workout. Running makes your whole body feeling exhausted and relaxed. As much as I complain about actually getting my ass out on a run (because I’m lazy), this is what makes it all worth it.
2. Working out with my people: I go to 24 Hour Fitness because some of my friends do too. You know where even more of my friends work out? Outside. Running. I’ve spent a lot of time running by myself, but I miss being able to call up anyone and asking if they wanted to go for a run without worrying about which gym they belong to. Even if their answer was “Hell no, I don’t run.” At least I could ask without trying to convince them to join the same gym as me.
3. Going fast: It’s super fun. Obviously I don’t go that fast the whole time I’m running, or every time I’m running, but there’s nothing like a good little sprint here and there to make you feel like a badass.
4. Objective results: Considering the feedback process I experience in school, work, and now bikini competitions, I’ve come to really value the beauty of objective rankings and feedback. You either win or you didn’t. You PR or you don’t. As opposed to these other areas of life where maybe one person tells you that you’re the clear winner and other people say you’re the worst. Or you feel like you did the best and your client is just angry at you. If I have a bad run, it’s all on me, not because somebody else has randomly unexpected standards or is just having a bad day.
5. Making fun of running skirts: I’m so out of the loop. Last I heard, there’s a new thing called the Runsie. But are people wearing them? Is the number of running skirts growing or shrinking? How am I supposed to make fun of these running outfits when I’m so ill-informed?
There are probably other good things about running that I’m forgetting to miss. Let me know your favorite things so I can get even more excited about my painfully gradual re-entry into running!