Running is probably the most popular physical activity because it’s cheap, accessible and anyone can do it. There are people who are so passionate about running, those who like to run away the stress and those who do it because they feel like they have to. I use to do it because I felt like I had to. There was always a little voice in my head forcing me to go for a run because it’s suppose to do wonders for you. But no offense to all the runners out there (a.k.a. the majority of my friends and the bloggers I stalk) but…
For me, that is. I’m allowed to say that I do NOT like running because I really really tried and it’s just not for me.
I personally dislike running because it’s slow, boring, inefficient and it does not help me relieve stress, make me feel good nor do I find it fun at all which was one of my biggest issues. It was also hard on my legs which was totally my fault since I would never commit to “conditioning my legs for running.” When I tried to get into it, I actually gained body fat because I had to force myself to run slow in the beginning (or I’d be dying from lower body pain the next day) and since I’m so busy, I often didn’t have time to get a “real” workout in that day since I sacrificed that slot slot to run— or I had to do it so early in the morning that I was burnt out by evening when I did have time to workout.
I do run though— in the form of sprinting! I love it because it’s fast, efficient and I always feel amazing around rounds of HIIT sprints. Steady-state running on the otherhand is just something I dread because I feel like the world is moving in slow motion. Time and priorities are another huge reason why I dislike running. I have so many other interests and hobbies and although I do enjoy social runs here and there, I would rather being doing something I enjoy with that time.
I can spend hours and hours cycling and it would not feel like a workout at all because it’s my passion. For me, cycling is rewarding, I can cover huge distances in less time, it’s the ultimate way to explore, it’s easy on my joints, it’s “easy” to burn those calories, I’m good at it and most importantly, it’s fun.
For those who are passionate about running, they will have similar reasons.
But it is definitely not me. From now on, I will only be spending my precious time doing things I love and genuinely enjoy. I have nothing against running and runners… everyone has to find their passion and do what they love!!