. I Simply Cannot Stand Running |

Aug 03 2012

Is There Anything Remotely Fun About Running?

Published by at 7:20 am under Editorial

I’ve recently taken up running in a light kind of way.   And I’m trying my best to do it in a fashion that will make it interesting.   I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s simply impossible to do.   I just don’t see anything fun about running.  And let me preface this by pointing out I’m talking about running for cardio exercise.   I’m not referring to sports or running away from the police.   I’m talking about running for the sake of running.   As in on a track or a treadmill.

Despite the benefits of this kind of exercise I just can’t see myself continuing on this path.   And here’s why….

Sometimes I feel like I’ll have a heart attack

I’ve been trying to increase my mile time lately.   And to do this I have to push my body pretty hard.   Do you guys remember running the mile in high school and how ridiculously painful your heart felt afterwards.  I remember feeling like crap for days after I pushed my body that hard.   Yeah well imagine that feeling only now you’re in your 30s, 40s, etc etc.   It’s absolutely brutal.   I feel like the human body just isn’t supposed to feel that way.   But it’s good for your core!!!! Right?  Whatever.

There’s zero purpose other than cardio for this kind of running

Running is great for your body.   I’ll admit it.  It’s just a very boring and worthless feeling exercise.   Seriously why run?  There’s simply no reason.  Unless you’re playing sports I just can’t find a solid reason to ever exert myself in this fashion other than to stay in shape.   At least in sports you have to run.  It’s part of the game.  But running running has no game.   There is no end.   I mean yeah you could say you’re trying to increase your time but again that falls back to sports.   Just plain running does nothing.

It’s impossible to make it interesting

I’ve tried.  Believe me I’ve tried.  I’ve tried to do little games here and there where I improve my time.  I’ve run on a treadmill while watching a TV.   Every single method I find eventually leads to boredom and the realization that I’m still just running!   Running sucks and you really cannot make it fun (unless it’s in sports or chasing a girl around as a kid).

Technically it’s not great for you in the long run

Running isn’t all that good on your feet.  In fact I already have two friends in their mid 30s who were told by doctors to decrease their running regimens because of potential problems with their feet and backs.   That’s just bad news, period.   If you do insist on running it’s best to be on a treadmill or a track.  But even then, longer term you could be in for some problems if you aren’t moderate about it.

Walking is nearly as good beneficially

Doctors say that walking briskly for 30 minutes a day will improve your health tremendously.   That alone tells me not to run.   Ever.

Eh, I’ll still run though.

 





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