The Total Run Around…

anti running

Generally I am totally positive like all some most of the time.  But I need someone to explain to me when, if I’m running, I am ever going to catch that elusive “runner’s high”.  And also, is said runner’s high complete and total BS?

As you know I am a yoga, barre and Pilates girl but I need to up my cardio. I have tried, Y’ALL have I tried, to get into running, run/walking, ralking, whatever you want to call it and every time I get cranky (shocking!), sore, uncomfortable, short of breath, and basically just exhausted…and then I get to the second block.  I’m also terrified of getting injured. A handful of my friends who are former runners have broken feet, ankles, and forever damaged knees from this “hobby”.

Sunday I’m participating in the Resolution Run for the Boys & Girls Club and it’s ONLY TWO MILES but I am still dreading the second mile.  I would do anything for a great cause such as this one but would appreciate any advice from my running buddies.  I DON’T WANT TO GET INJURED (wow, I sound old) and I want to enjoy a short, brisk, short run every couple of days.  Oh, but I am definitely excited to run in my Alo Leggings…maybe they will help give me some encouragement! Help me understand!

TIA!

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8 comments on The Total Run Around…

  1. Alaya
    02/03/2015 at 6:25 pm (2 years ago)

    The runners high is indeed a real documented phenomenon. In my youth, I ran, my gait sucked- I knew it, so when I gave up mushing I gave up running. Even though I have run thousands of miles in my life, I have only experienced this runners high when competing or in those AMAZING ZEN MOMENTS IN NORTHERN MN with my dogs. In the deep silence and peace that snowy isolation, subzero temperatures and the rhythm of breath and dog feet in the snow, one cannot experience anything but euphoria. For me, I can’t say it was induced by ACTUAL running in either case…. There is a practical purpose for running. I do, however, see more injured runners than any other category of exercisers and I used to ride bike with a pack of over 45 former runners who could ONLY get their cardio high from biking since they thrashed their bodies over the years from RUNNING. My expert opinion is running many miles is for the young unless you have beautiful gait. Research supports it. Barre glow is real and getting your cardio at the barre is far more functional than moving in one one plane for mile after mile. Make your fun run fun- there is no doubt that you have the strength and condition to move through 2 miles, even if you have to bust out into a chase’. ;)

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    • Rachel
      02/03/2015 at 8:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Alaya for this perspective. I think it has confirmed what I think I already know, I will stick to the barre for my cardio! xo

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  2. Tiffany
    02/05/2015 at 7:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I used to LOVE the runners high! Not much like it. But of course, i did get injured. First time it was my achilles and second time my plantar fasciitis . I miss it….. Really miss it.

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    • Rachel
      02/09/2015 at 9:36 am (2 years ago)

      I hate that you got injured Tiff, but that seems to be the trend. I am sticking to Pilates, barre, and yoga and when the weather warms up, maybe some brisk walking around my hood!

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  3. Natalie
    02/05/2015 at 11:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Goodluck Rachel with the run Rachel! I haven’t run as much myself, due to an Achilles injury, but I truly love running whenever I can squeeze it in! I get the runners “high” after a few miles, but just feeling the outside air and a slight breeze on a sunny or cloudy day can lift my spirits – I especially love running with great music or friends !! The run goes much faster and I feel great afterwards! I’ve done the Resolution run in the snow once & still think it was my favorite race! Grab some upbeat music or a friend and perhaps some gloves and you will love it!

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    • Rachel
      02/06/2015 at 8:39 am (2 years ago)

      Natalie thank you for the encouragement! Good music will definitely help me, will work on my playlist now!! xoxo

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  4. Alexandra
    02/06/2015 at 6:33 am (2 years ago)

    i was thinking about you when I went on a run the other day.. For some reason the odd miles are hard. I blast my fave fem music. (Cue: yonce or sia) , and get out in the woods. The serenity of the forest keeps me distracted. Jumping over roots makes me feel like a bad ass. Tripping keeps me focused and cracks me up. The woods are the only place that took me from a 2 mile runner to a 6 mile runner.

    Still oh do 2-3 on the road or treadmill and reserve the distance when I’m in my element. I also take days off where I only do 1 mile.

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    • Rachel
      02/06/2015 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

      Alex that’s great advice, I get so bored just running my street. I need to run the trail, hit the parks, or head back to my family’s farm and off road it for a spell. I also think I need the weather to warm up oh about 40 degrees! xoxo

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