kids running on wooded trail

Oh running, running, running, I despise you!

Out of all of the exercises that I like to do, I can honestly say that running is not one of them. In fact, other than a random sprint from time to time, I have not done any distance running in several years.

I have to admit though, it does feel exhilarating to push your body to maximum speed for short distances.

I started thinking about my aversion to this activity, and think that I came to some good conclusions about this.

As I recall, growing up and playing in all kinds of sports – baseball, soccer, football, and wrestling – running was always something that was used as a punishment.

You drop the ball, run laps; you let them score, run laps; you lost the game, run laps!

I think that somewhere along the line I obviously started to associate running with something negative.

I don’t feel that I’m necessarily any worse off for it. The calisthenic and HIIT training that I do is really affective at working more than just my lungs and my legs. Also, every runner that I know is sidelined from time to time due to injury as a result of running. Twisted knees, sprained ankles, pulled muscles… I seriously don’t know any runners who haven’t had to take it easy for a couple of weeks related to these things.

Over the past 5 years, I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve only had a pulled muscle in my back and a couple of tweaks, but nothing has laid me out for more than a few days. Is this because I’m not a runner? Maybe I should knock on wood here, but I don’t think so.

Maybe it’s more likely to be due to the fact that I always warm up and stretch and cool down and stretch thoroughly before and after my workouts. Maybe my dedication to a weekly yoga practice has prevented injury. Maybe I’m just lucky!

I don’t want you to get me wrong. I think that running is great…for everyone else. If you enjoy running and it gets you moving and gets you exercising then run, run, run, and when you’re done doing that, then please run some more!

Me, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing because it’s working for me. I can’t help but wonder though if all of those laps I ran as kid in league sports shaped my current attitude about that exercise.

What do you think? Am I making excuses or is my reasoning valid? Do you have any types of exercises that you just don’t enjoy doing and how have you worked around them or substituted something in its place? Please comment below!

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