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Why I started running

Mission Bay

I’ve always hated running. Maybe it had to do with not being able to breathe (I have asthma), or that’s it exhausting, but I recently decided that I want to be in great cardiovascular shape so I started running this year and now I’m addicted, and run 5 miles without stopping.  It’s still hard work, but I use my inhaler before I leave the house for my runs so wheezing is no longer an issue. I also make sure to drink at least 20 ounces of water (on hot days, this is not enough), eat a tiny amount of salt, and drink a 16 ounce frozen banana-protein smoothie before I hit the ground running.

I used to carry a water bottle and drink it during the run which I liked, but it also threw me off balance and slowed me down. It seems odd to me that so few people warm up before running, but I like that people stare at me when I do lunges and squats to warm up my legs. A woman walked by me last week last week as I was doing my squats and yelled, “You go girl!”

Another benefit of running is strong calves, and runners are typically lean and I want to lean out a bit more. Here’s what’s also cool about running, “…people typically burn more calories per minute when running than they do when swimming, riding a bike, or whatever else. The main reason seems to be that people typically burn more calories per minute when running than they do when swimming, riding a bike, or whatever else” (1). Yup, running is a speedier exercise for losing weight.

I don’t want to run a marathon, I just want to compete against myself, keep beating my time, and wave at the other runners. I don’t wear ear buds and block out nature with music. I listen to the birds chirp and the sounds of my feet to make sure I’m not pounding the ground like a little elephant. Try running, you might learn to like it.

photo: me running at Mission Bay, San Diego, CA USA

  1. Source: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/beginners-guide-to-running-for-weight-loss/?user_id=229941458153149&alt_source=mfp&alt_medium=email&alt_campaign=workouts20150713&utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=workouts20150713&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRokvavOZKXonjHpfsX96u4kUaS0i4kz2EFye%2BLIHETpodcMTsRhNq%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7DBLM153N8QXRTg
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