I don't often enjoy it, as it hurts before, during, and after. Something is always hurting and would probably stop hurting if I would just stop running. But it's a fast, convenient way to get a good sweaty workout usually while enjoying the outdoors. It's even more tempting since we've moved, because there are so many pretty places to run.
|I do enjoy the feeling of participating.|
But I wasn't meant to run. It's funny to me how uncomfortable some runners seem around people who say that. It's as if they feel pity or worse yet - just don't believe you've tried hard enough or trained long enough or whatever they're thinking. If I say I can barely manage a 5K and often have to stop and walk at some point, it seems hard for them to comprehend.
In fact, I ran a 5K this morning that took 35 minutes. I stopped at least three times, and I really needed to pee, making it that much harder to finish. 35 minutes is not a good time for me, but I've never run a 5K under 31 or 32 minutes and likely never will. I average an 11 minute mile, give or take.
So why complain about it yet still do it if it's hard. I think the answer is because it's hard. It makes me feel sort of accomplished when I'm done. I know it's only 3 miles, but I never ran more than a mile in my life until about 8 years ago. And I'll probably do a couple more 10Ks, too, but I'll never win my age group or set new PRs as the years go on.
But you runners out there - take a person's word for it when she says she knows her own body and its limits. I'm not lazy, I'm just not a runner.
P.S. After about a dozen 5Ks and one 10K, this is my only award. I don't remember seeing how many were in my age group, but I'm willing to bet there was ONE. It's like saying "Congratulations, Tanya Schaeffer, for not having any competition!"