I hate running…

16 May

I hate running. Ok, maybe that’s a bit hyperbolic. I don’t hate running, I just sometimes hate running. On occasion. Perhaps more frequently than I’d like to admit… you know, since I write a blog… about running.

So, I’m going to bite the bullet and put it out there: Sometimes, on some days, I hate running. On those days I can think of about a 1,000 things I would rather do than lace up my Asics. Even the things I actually do hate (much to my husband’s chagrin), like folding laundry or emptying the dishwasher sound more appealing.

Then enters the mind games. You know those internal conversations you have with yourself. Mine usually go something like this:

Me: We should go for a run.

Me-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To: I don’t want to. I think we should sit on the couch.

Me: But, we like to run, we even blog about running.

Me-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To: I like sitting on the couch WAY MORE than running. Do you even know me?

Me: The runs we don’t want to do always end up being the best runs, let’s do it, you’ll like it!

Me-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To: I feel like that’s a big ole lie. What do you take me for? A five year old? Next I bet you’ll try to bribe me.

Me: There are cupcakes in the kitchen, but you can only have one if you go for the run….

Me-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To: What kind of cupcakes?

Me: Chocolate-peanut-butter

Me-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To: Fine. I’ll get the shoes.

That particular internal convo worked out alright… but, sometimes Me-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To wins. Then we sit on the couch. Then I feel guilty. And worse than the guilt, when it’s time for the next run, Me-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To tries to convince me that because we skipped the last run we really shouldn’t even bother tonight. You know, because we’ve undone all of the training we’ve done up until now. This run will obviously suck too.

Me-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To is a bad influence, and I’m going to have to figure out a way to send her packing. Give me some tips on how you combat your inner Me-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To in the comments!


3 Responses to “I hate running…”

  1. Maiti G May 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    I found a running buddy She is the one who is all about running I am the one doesn’t want to run at all and comes up with excuses. Her enthusiasm for running… usually beats my excuses and we run. If it wasn’t for her, I be in a more committed relationship with my couch.

    • Jessica Main May 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      Running buddies do help! I want to start running in the morning, so I’m thinking of employing a buddy to help me stick to actually getting out of bed. I’m not sure a cupcake would be enough to win that battle, but letting down another human being just might do the trick!


  1. Enough | MainlyRunning - May 22, 2013

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