The Reluctant Runner – Training, Running, and Racing

For most of us mere mortals running does not come easy, in fact running is painful and it takes dedication.  Some of the lucky ones (not me) make it look easy but even after 14 years of hitting the open roads…I still find it hard to get out the door some days.

This guest post is offered up by my Pastor, Rob Shepherd.  Rob is a great pastor, author, blogger (because of his blog I started mine), superhero dad and a Reluctant Runner.

“THE Reluctant Runner” by Rob Shepherd.

I run. I hate running. I would say I’m a reluctant runner.
You know those runners who say, “Once you start it becomes addicting.” I’m not sure what they are smoking, but I’ve never become addicted to running. My first race was a 5K. I then moved on to a 10K. I then ran three half marathons. I still hate running.
(The many faces of a Rob jog,
left to right – top to bottom
1. Hate running & don’t want to do this.
2. Lose weight, feel great!
3. Lost any sense of enjoyment
4. Running stinketh!
5. Almost done!
6. Feel great!  I’m Done!)
For years I refused to run. I would often say, “The only reason you will see me running is if someone is chasing me. And the only reason you will see me training to run is because I know in advance that someone is going to chase me.”
About three years ago I went through a job transition and we could no longer afford our gym membership. I wanted to still exercise so I thought I’d try jogging. It was awful.
I was up to an hour on the elliptical at the gym. That was awesome. I would pick a movie and then forget I was exercising. It was that easy. Running, not so much. That first time out I couldn’t do half a mile. I felt like death was calling me after that run. It was painful. I didn’t want to do it again.
And yet I found myself back out there. To help with my continued motivation I signed up for a 5K. The rest is history. I still hate running.
So the question is why do I run if I hate it so much?
  • I run because it’s the fastest way to exercise. I tell myself often, “Just hurry up and get this over with.”
  • I run because it helps me have discipline. Discipline is not easy for me. Discipline is needed though. I don’t want to be a lazy person. I don’t want to be apathetic. I don’t want to stink at life. Discipline helps push me to levels I wouldn’t get to naturally.
  • I run because it helps me get outside. I went to the doctor a few years ago, and she told me I needed more vitamin D. I work inside an office all day. I also am what comedian Jim Gaffigan would call, “Indoorsy.” Nature is trying to kill us. Pollen that attacks, tornadoes, volcanos, Sharknados, hurricanes, insects that bite, and sunburn are just a few of the examples of nature trying to kill us. But I need to get outside because of doctors orders, so I run.
  • I run because it eases my stress level.
  • I run because it gives me alone time to think.
  • I run because I’m fat. I don’t have a runners body. If I didn’t run I would balloon up to 300 lbs. I may never be crack skinny, but I am thinner than I would be if I didn’t run.
So all of that is why I run. I wish, like Brian, I enjoyed running. In fact Brian inspires me with all of his running adventures. Maybe one day I’ll catch the running fever, but until then I’ll be a reluctant runner.

You can follow Rob on Twitter
You can check out his blog
And you can visit his church

Thanks Rob for being my guest….

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