So I mentioned my hatred for the treadmill in an earlier post, and that statement still reigns true, but running (more like jogging/walking) outside is something I actually really enjoy, most days.
I figure if I am going to talk about all the different types of workouts available, then running should make the list. Why? Well, for starters running is a great workout for your entire body, it is fantastic for building up endurance, and it is practically free, minus the purchase of some good running shoes, and I do recommend investing in a good pair of running shoes. I’m obsessed with Brooks when it comes to running shoes. You can order a pair, wear them for 90 days, and if at the end of 90 days you don’t like them you can return them even if they are covered in dirt and sweat. I was having pretty bad knee problems with my Nikes back when I was training for the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon last year and when I switched to Brooks, it made all the difference. My preference is Brooks for running and Nike for cross training. I digress…
Running is also a great break from digital life, which I think is critical to our health. When I run, I ditch the iphone and just think. Even if you need your iphone for music when you run, you still can’t answer a text or call or scroll through social media, unless you are really coordinated, in which case, mad props to you! It’s nice to just get out in the fresh air and lose yourself in your thoughts.
The other wonderful thing about running is you can mix it up depending on your mood. Feel like pushing yourself? Add distance or some sprints into the mix. Are you having a “bleh” day? Go for a shorter jog or even walk it off. You don’t have to run at the same monotonous pace for miles and miles to get results. Mix it up!
I have a love/hate relationship with running in Houston though. There are plenty of parks and bayous to run on without vehicles getting in your way which is fantastic for those of you who like to fight traffic and drive to a place just to run. Me, on the other hand, I would rather save the drive time and just walk out my door for a jog. I run along Kirby Drive which has decent sidewalks, crosswalks with lights at major intersections and okay lighting in the evening, however, there are a lot of neighborhood streets without traffic lights and crosswalks that you have to watch out for and I did have one scare when I was running at dusk where I was approached by a man and literally sprinted out of the way because It made me feel very uneasy.
Anyways … to make my point, running can be just as effective for getting in shape and becoming more healthy as many of the other workouts I will be writing about in this blog. I’ll say this again and again, fitness should be about doing something you love and actually look forward to doing. If you dread the thought of lacing up your running shoes to go for a jog, then you probably arn’t going to stick with it and only discourage yourself from future workouts. Find something you love to do and the rest will fall into place!