Sunday Story – I want to become a runner – but I’m frightened!

I have a problem with running.  I don’t like it.  While I know that it is a great way to get and stay healthy, and even more important, to get alone time, its a tough sell for me.  In addition to just not liking the idea of running, the extra weight I’ve stored on top of my feet (namely in the butt and thigh area), is discouraging.  I don’t like walking with that extra stuff – much less running!  And I’m pretty sure that I don’t look good running either.  Here is an example:

See how this could scare the neighbors?  It’s just not right to do that, I want to be a good neighbor.  So, that leaves me with early morning or late night runs.  I use the term “runs” loosely – there would probably be too many walking breaks (also called I-think-I’m-dying-and-need-to-throw-up breaks) to call it actual running.  Please also note – I am NOT a morning person.

But on the other hand, perhaps I should just jump out of bed and head out the door…

So my current dilemma is that I don’t want to run, but I also don’t want to look like I do.  Seriously, a beached whale looks better on the beach than I do!  I have to try, and I’m really hoping that I will develop a love of running.  I know it might take a while, but getting off the couch and out the front door is probably the hardest part.  Well, I read that, but I think the hardest part will be the actual running.  And then doing it again the next day.

I’m looking for motivation, and I found a run I’d really like to do, it’s called the Color Run, and it looks like a blast!  I have a friend who is putting together a team for the Memphis run later this year and I plan to go!  Which means I have to train…  *sigh*  It all comes down to me getting my running shoes on and starting.

For the color run you just need to wear a white t-shirt, and at each kilometer you get dusted with a different color.  By the end you are full of color and more confidence!  I’m going to have to see if this jacket comes in white….


Check out the video of one of the Color Run 5K’s


Do you have an inspirational/motivational stories that would help me?  I promise to share mine along the way.



Filed under Humor, Sunday Stories

4 responses to “Sunday Story – I want to become a runner – but I’m frightened!

  1. Running helped me lose 60 pounds and is now something I love (in an overly obsessive way that bores others to tears). Go for the colour run, it sounds like good fun and would be great motivation for getting outside and doing some training! 🙂

    • That’s awesome! I’m happy for you, and thanks for sharing that motivation! I tend to get obsessive about things when I get into them, so who knows what can happen! 🙂

  2. I’m trying to do something similar myself at I only started on Friday, going from couch potato to marathon runner and it’s daunting but you can start out running slow, taking shorter strides, and provided you don’t stop running, you can do it!

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