My Love / Hate Affair With Running

I hate running. I have always hated it – things jiggle; I get out of breath; my knees hurt; I sweat; and my heart pounds. As part of my Transformation challenge, when I do my cardio, I am supposed to walk two minutes, jog two minutes and then run one minute. That makes one five minute cycle. I’m supposed to do this five times for a total of 25 minutes. It’s called the 5/25.

Now a couple of months ago I decided to give it a try. Bill Phillips makes it look so easy. Oh my – the first time I tried the jogging part, my arms hurt so much I didn’t know where to put them. I couldn’t believe the pain! But I was running on my feet, so why did my arms hurt? I haven’t figured that one out yet. When I got to the running I was gasping for breath, but it was only one minute and then I was walking again, hanging on to the sides of the treadmill for dear life. I attempted to do this five times. At the end of it I was soaking with sweat – so THAT’S what it’s all about.

I’ve been doing this 5/25 three times a week for the past eight weeks, and now it is much easier. I still sweat, but it’s good sweat, and it makes me feel like I’m really working out, like the pros and the gym rats. It is helping me to become lighter (notice I didn’t say ‘lose weight’) and to increase my endurance. I’m sure my lung capacity has increased as well. This is all good, right?


I seriously cannot say that I enjoy running, but I want to do it! I can’t believe I just wrote that. Anyways, I decided to set myself a goal that by October 15 I will be able to run for 20 minutes without stopping. Yes. Me. So I got someone to coach me to succeed. The first step was to do my 5/25 ( which already includes 15 minutes of running) on the treadmill and then go outside and run to the end of the street and back again. I have never run outside before. This was major for me.

So here’s what happened. I left the house at 8:30AM

And at 8:33 I came back.

The exhilaration was incredible! Who’d a thunk it? After 3 whole minutes?


I did it again today and I did NOT collapse! Next week I will try for 4 minutes.

8 thoughts on “My Love / Hate Affair With Running

  1. Bring your sneakers here. The challenge is on. You’re definitely not getting a week off.

    Until I just read this, I didn’t know you were on a running quest. Here I was stressed and wondering what I was going to do when you are here to stay in shape. So….here’s the plan: 6:30 each morning, we’ll meet in the kitchen. Then OUT we go. 🙂 Remember, I’m your sis’ – I can call you a multitude of rotten things and get away with it!! LOL


    • You’re on Sis – I was worried about the same thing. LOL And my 18 week challenge ends on Aug 29th so I’ll be watching the food very closely as well. Wearing shorts for the first time in about 20 years!!!!


  2. Your timing with this is perfect and made me feel a whole lot better. My cousin has lost 150 pounds but is so badly out of shape he doesn’t know where to start. Has never walked or done any type of exercise. We start Monday. I told him one block forward and one back for the first few days and we will increase it as needed. Who knows .. . we may walk and then jog 30 seconds but won’t give up. Thanks for the inspiration. Sue xxx


  3. I know what you mean about running. I have only started this year (to get myself in shape) and the first couple of km I and huffing and puffing and sore and wondering why on earth I am doing it voluntarily. And that was when I was running a block, walking a block, running a block, walking a block.

    Thankfully, it does get easier and I am sort of addicted now.

    Stick with it! 🙂


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