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Born to Run, are you sure about that?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I don’t think running is for me. A few months ago I read, “Born to Run” in it the author talks about how we all have a natural runner inside of us. We just have to get out there, with the right shoes, or no shoes, and start running.

I’ve never been a runner; I’m always the one to say, “Even in a Zombie apocalypse, I ain’t runnin’.” But the book was very inspiring. My brother and sister-in-law both run. My nephew runs. All the fitness sites talk about running. It seems like the author was right, running is just a natural part of being human. Our bodies are constructed to run. Like breathing or walking, we are all runners. It’s just that we’ve spent so much time on the couch we’ve forgotten that part of our natural instincts.

So I decided to start running. I bought the right shoes, at $130. I read all the training manuals. I got the advice. And I started running. And that’s when the problem hit. Every time I run, I get a sharp pain in my right hip that lingers for a few days. If I push through the pain, my hip loosens up a little, but I start getting pain in my right knee. I also get pain in my feet. And I actually had shin splints for the first time in my life!

I kept thinking, “Well, it’s just because I’m so new at it, I will get better as I become more fit.”

But I'm not stupid. I watched how I ran and were I ran. I focused on how I place my feet and the way I move my body. But my right hip still hurts.

I can’t get passed the pain enough to enjoy the run and I spend so much time nursing a sore hip, that I can’t get into the rhythm of running. I run on Tuesday and I spend the rest of the week limping and unable to run.

So I’m seriously on the verge of calling the books and all the advisers, a bunch of liars.

Obviously, I was not born to run. Hello, there aren’t a lot of lions to outrun in Ireland.

But the inspiration still lingers. I want to run, even if my body is in disagreement with me. So I’m going to give it one last shot before I completely throw in the towel. I have a different pair of running shoes I’m going to try out. If I’m still hurting myself after trying those, then that’s it, I’m out! I’m trying to build a healthy body, not destroy it.
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    If your body is telling you that you shouldn't run - don't! Our bodies can be rather smart things - if it's painful, don't do the running. If you still feel that you need to attempt the running, maybe wait and try some other exercises first, to build up strength in different areas (legs, hips, etc) and then try again.
    1816 days ago
    This hit home for me!! About a year ago I talked to my doctor about running and he gave me an emphatic NO. He said I get the same benefits from brisk walking without all the side effects. I also have a leg that was rebuilt after a car crash and he said that I could possibly do damage to that leg.

    Some people love to run and God Bless 'em. I will gladly move over on the path to let them run by!
    1816 days ago
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