Thursday, September 1, 2011

Running, a Hate/Love Relationship

In late February of this year, I realized something important: physically, I was a wreck. And I had a three-year-old (to go with my other two, 10, and 13).  I knew that if I wanted to be there for this third child, to play with her at the park, to play sports with her and maybe help coach teams she joined, I needed to change things up. Drastically.

So, I decided to get healthy. To that end, I took three major steps: I started a work-out program (P90X), I changed my diet, and I started running (well, I started my "running" by walking, really).

So far this year, I've run about 450 miles. Not bad, right? But I have a confession to make: I hate running. Truly. When I finish a run I feel good, but at the same time I feel like I want to hit something. And then there's the sweat. Let me tell you, running in South Florida is not a good way to stay dry. I'm often literally dripping with sweat. My shirts and shorts are soaked through, completely. But I've kept at it and I don't plan to stop anytime soon.

Two things have really helped me, though. First, there's the Nike Running app and website that let's me integrate my iTunes music into my runs, tracks all of my runs, and compiles them on line with options for various challenges and goals to motivate me. Great stuff. Then, there are my clothing choices. Sure, you can run in any old shirt and shorts, but if you're gonna run three or four times a week in South Florida, comfort is a major issue. I started out wearing some Nike running gear, and that was fine. But then my better half turned me on to a company called Lululemon Athletica. Yes, I said "Lulu-lemon." If you look at the website, you'll probably assume it's geared towards women and yoga. And it is. But the company makes running clothes for men and women, too. And the stuff doesn't smell like sweat, no matter how soaked it gets! No lie. Seriously. Plus, it's insanely comfortable and the shorts prevent chafing completely. It's not cheap, but if you want to need to run and want to get rid of excuses about comfort, this is the way to go. See you out there!

Cheers, all!


  1. Congratulations on what you've accomplished. I'm not a runner; I hate to run and can't bring myself to do it. I love to walk, though, and do that often.

  2. Thanks! One thing I didn't mention in the post: shoes. I've had ankle and knee issues, but getting the right shoe made a difference. Even if you just like to walk, try going to a real running store, where they videotape how you move, then find the proper shoe for your movements. You might find this makes a bog difference. Btw, I've added you t my blogroll. :)