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Born to Run, are you sure about that?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I donít think running is for me. A few months ago I read, ďBorn to RunĒ 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.

Iíve never been a runner; Iím always the one to say, ďEven in a Zombie apocalypse, I ainít runniní.Ē 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. Itís just that weíve spent so much time on the couch weíve 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 thatís 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, ďWell, itís just because Iím so new at it, I will get better as I become more fit.Ē

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 canít get passed the pain enough to enjoy the run and I spend so much time nursing a sore hip, that I canít get into the rhythm of running. I run on Tuesday and I spend the rest of the week limping and unable to run.

So Iím 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 arenít 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 Iím going to give it one last shot before I completely throw in the towel. I have a different pair of running shoes Iím going to try out. If Iím still hurting myself after trying those, then thatís it, Iím out! Iím 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.
    1344 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!
    1344 days ago
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