Running Sucks

I hate running.

There really is no way to put it nicely. Despise, dislike, loathe, kick in the head, torture, and near death are all words that come to my head when I think about running.

This morning I woke up with determination. I had to face the ridiculous 10 kilometers a running Fitmas challenge that someone dreamt up.

I won’t mention any names, but I REALLY hate her today too.

Staring your day off in such a state is no way to live, so I had 3 cups of coffee, kasha, and a pep talk.

‘Look here Donloree. Right here. In the eyes. That’s better. Get your sorry, complaining arse in motion. You can do this. Heck, you ran 18km on Canada Day no problem. What’s a mere 10km in 50 minutes? You ARE doing this. Now. Go. Make me proud and run like the superstar that you are!’

I begrudgingly put on my down-filled coat, grabbed my bazillion bags full of clothes, food, and work and went to the car.

Upon arriving at the gym I stood in front of my locker, still wearing my down-filled coat, and scowled.

Twenty minutes later I was suited up and ready to run, but I was not on the treadmill I was ‘too busy’ catching up on emails and texts to start the torture. Even my cute matchy-matchy Under Armour shoes did nothing to help my mood.

There I sat in a very grumpalicious state.

I have always been a determined woman, even at a very young age I knew exactly what I liked and didn’t like, and nothing can change my mind.

Borscht is one of my least favorite things on the planet; its right up there with broccoli in my world. When I was about 8 years old I had a borscht stand off with my mom and grandma. I refused to eat it. No other options were given and I sat in front of the stone cold bowl of borscht for 2 hours while the rest of the family ate chocolate cake and played games. After what seemed like an eternity it was finally time to go home.

Donloree – 1, Borscht – 0

There are a few plausible excuses for my crappy attitude this morning.

Reason #1 – Sore legs

I trained my legs hard on Monday. During the last set of weighted backwards lunges that were superset with lying leg presses I fell over. My legs had turned into a quivering mass of flesh and I still had extensions to complete.

Needless to say, I am sore.

Reason #2 – Slow moving

I eat a lot of veggies and fruit which would make one think I wouldn’t have any GI issues at all.

This is not the case, which is why I picked up something new at the grocery store today.

What is the world coming to?

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Reason #3 – Indoor running

People always tell me that running indoors and outdoors is ‘so different!

I agree.

When you run outside, you have to run back. You can’t just give up and be done when it totally sucks, and it will totally suck, and don’t forget about the hills, stairs, ice, and other madness to overcome.

Reason #4 – Never experienced the Runner’s High

The runner’s high is as believable as the Loch Ness Monster in my world. It is a fable that someone made up years ago, a few people believed it or decided they experienced it, and now the whole world knows about it because no one is willing to admit it never existed in the first place.

An excellent example of group think gone bad.

Reason #5 – I never was a Cardio Queen

Many women will admit that they first came to love the gym through cardio.

I am not one of these women.

Participation in running groups was to lose weight and I hated it every single week. The only reason I continued to go was because I paid money for the classes and my friends were going. Peer pressure and being cheap helped me drop the first 40 or so pounds, but then I had enough, got a membership at the YMCA, and started Body for Life.

Mimicking the movements depicted by lean people in a book helped me find a passion I never knew existed.

Iron all the way baby!

Honestly, I would rather watch paint dry than run.

I leverage all of my discipline,got my grumpalicious arse in motion, and started running.

After what seemed like an eternity, I decided to check my progress.

3:27 minutes and .3 miles complete.

Instead of having a stroke like I wanted to, I finished my hour of cardio on the bike and caught up with my fabulous Twitter friends.

Does this mean I have to try the 10km Fitmas Challenge again on Saturday? Someone write me a note so I can get out of class!

Am I the only one that HATES running?

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  1. Ha ha, no you aren’t the only one!!! I hate it too. I learned something interesting in an anatomy class about how people who love to run actually have something different going on with the bone structure in their legs or ankles or something… I can’t remember the specifics, but I remember thinking “that explains it!” Don’t know if it’s true… but I’ll use it. 😉

  2. meeeeee toooooooooo… hate it with a passion. I would rather do almost anything but run.. ugh

  3. Saturday? Run? Early? I could keep you company…6ish? There is a track at Millennium… :O) Just a thought

    • Oh crap, now I think I have to do this….seeing how I have a big mouth, came up with the challenge in the first place, and then bailed on it and told the world about my failure; both in attitude and discipline. Let me see what Jon is up to for the day and if it works, I will let you know! 🙂

  4. Hey you wonderful woman you!!! I got my RC Chargers today!!!!!! I LOVE, LOVE THEM!!! The only thing is that they have to sit there not being worn until tomorrow when I have my final weigh and then they are MINE hehee they’re sooooo pretty 🙂 Well as long as the scales are nice to me. I can’t thank you enough Donloree!! I will send you through a pic real soon k!
    Amy x

    • OOH!!! I am so excited that you got your shoes. Just in time as a nice pre-christmas present. Aren’t they just adorable? I can’t wait for the picture of you rocking the fabulous shoes!!

  5. Awwww – running is really tough, especially when you look at it so negatively. But just think of the amazingly AWESOME high you will get when you finish that 10K! Also, why not try doing it outside instead? The weather is supposed to be really warm again later in the week – you can do it, girl!!! 🙂

  6. Hahahaha Oh no you didn’t hope off after .3!!!!! Donloree tsk tsk hehe

    I understand why you hate it, not everyone can love running I guess 😉

  7. I am holding out… day you’ll love it! I’m amazed you’ve never gotten runners high. But seriously you really need to go hit the streets to run. You can combat the ice with a nice pair of spikes!


    You know me — every so often, I must comment on a post with a post. This is one of those times. I’m not a runner. I hate running. I do it because I make my living teaching exercise, of which running is one of many forms. That said, you used the comparison of watching paint dry. Me…? I would rather suck a pig’s ass than run — but I do it.

  9. Haha I almost didn’t comment because I’m the exact opposite of you! I love running and I do get a runner’s high! Although I can’t stand running on a treadmill at all. I also look down after about 2 minutes and almost die with surprise. I’m lucky that it’s always sunny and hot here so I can just go outside!

    • Well I can just go outside too….just need more clothes is all. I used to run all winter as long as it was -20 or above, but this last year of being sick and struggling with low body temps makes it hard for me to go outside in general now. hahah.

  10. Oh my gosh you are hilarious. You know me, I’m one of those running lovers 🙂 I think it’s a love or hate thing and it’s ok if you don’t like it!! My friend is the exact same way and rarely does any kind of cardio. I do get that infamous runners high and it’s such a great feeling! If i didn’t do cardio I’d be big as a house 🙂

  11. I just started jogging in the summer and completed my first 1/2 marathon 3 weeks ago. I think the thing that gets me through it is my music. Seriously, if I didn’t have my music, I would have no motivation. Another biggie is I don’t go to fast. My BPM stay around 180 and sometimes I even walk the hills. It keeps going out instead of looking at like it’s torture. Slowly I’ve seen improvement, but I never would have kept it up if I didn’t give myself permission to slow down a little bit.

    • Pace is definitely key when running. Congrats on the first half, that is an amazing accomplishment. The longest race I have ever done is 18km, and I don’t think I want to do any longer. 😀

      Do you think you will train for a marathon??

  12. I hate running. Least favorite form of cardio ever. However, sometimes I still force myself to do it. Builds character…or something. What has helped me is running for 1 minute then walking for 1 minute, and repeating for 30-45 mins. I’m perfectly capable of running for 30 mins straight…I just don’t want to. I figure this way is better than not doing it at all.

  13. Trudging up a hill at a fairly steep incline (I do 4 mph @ 9%) for an hour gets your heart going just as good as long as you’re not clutching the rail, but for some reason it is far less torturous. I’m a great runner but I cannot stand it. Eugh eugh eugh!!

    Bonus: your tush will look amazing.

  14. I DESPISE running. You’re not alone. I commend you for making the wiser decision of sitting on the bike and catching up on Twitter. 😀

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