I have been trying to come up with a workout plan that I will actually follow through on. I don’t really like working out. I love to play sports but lifting weights and doing aerobic exercises is not my idea of a good time. For most of my life sports has been my way of working out. However, the opportunities to play sports after graduating from college drastically decline. You see my dilemma.

In the midst of my dilemma, I got a little inspiration from Joe Thorn. He dedicated himself to running and better eating habits over the course of this past year and lost 40 lbs. My first thought…I hate running. I’ll run if it involves catching a ball or crossing someone over on my way to the hoop. I don’t run for enjoyment. I really have no desire to run a marathon. However, Joe is proof of the benefits of running (and good eating habits). So…I decided that today would be the day I would begin my own running challenge. I haven’t outlined all of the particulars but I figured I would go ahead and get started. I want to start with small accomplishments. So I just went for a 10 minute run today. And can I say…it was a very hard 10 minutes. I can play basketball for hours and not feel like I did after 10 minutes of running. It’s going to be a slow process and a love-hate relationship for me and running. But I need to do something. I’m going to try to find some sports leagues to get involved with as well. If you live in Nashville and play basketball anywhere, holler at me. I would love play more ball throughout the week. Or if you play competitive tennis, shoot me a line. I’ve played tennis off and on since my day on the Indiana Wesleyan tennis team.

So thanks Joe for the sharing a bit about your experience. Hopefully mine will be just as fruitful.

For everyone else…you can now call me Forrest Gump. Here’s to new challenges.

4 Replies to “I Hate Running.

  1. I also read Joe’s postings on running and was very encouraged. As someone who has a few pounds to shed, Joe is a real inspiration for the old fashioned exercise of running. By the way, nice new theme you have going on your site. Easier to navigate and read! Keep the posts up!

  2. Thanks for the kind words brother. Man, I hated running all my life. That’s a reasonable perspective. Running is every other sport’s punishment. It’s still hard for me, but somehow I fell in love with it.

    Take it easy, measure your progress, stay on it!

  3. Erik…thanks for the feedback on the new theme. I was getting bored with the old one and felt like everything was crammed together. Hopefully I can find some time in the near future to build my own site. I have everything I need except time.

    Joe…you’re right…running was always the punishment during both basketball and tennis season. You miss your free throws…run suicides. You double fault too many times…take off. Thanks for the advice and exhortation. Please pop in often…I’m anticipating the need for more of both.

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