Ugh … is it that time of year again? Already? It seems like a few days ago I was making gingerbread houses and opening my super comfy sweater Mom gave me. Then I check back into reality and see the commercial for Weight Watchers and Special K, and I realize that it’s time to get back into the regular routine of “No pain, no gain.”
And what better way to burn the fat than to run? It’s a workout that requires balance, coordination, determination, endurance, and pure grit. In ten minutes you could burn at least one hundred calories! Running gives you a better mind, body, and attitude.
Yet some of us are just not too into the sweaty, painful, aerobic exercise. It hurts when you first get out there. Your lungs feel like they’ll burst, and you mistake your legs for a bowl of Jell-O. To add to it, the next day is hell and you wish that you never put on your tennis shoes the previous day. And running one mile, let alone three, or thirteen, or twenty, wears you out.
But there is one plus of the running season. You achieve so much! Not only do reach goals in fitness, but you feel better about your job, your school, your family, and most of all yourself.
So, from the eggnog to Gatorade, from Christmas sweaters to swimsuits, from fuzzy slippers to brand-new Nike shoes, think about your goals on the dreaded treadmill at YMCA (remember? The place you told yourself you would go every day to workout?) or how many blocks to run down the street. Running is like a massage … only one thousand times more painful and not as relaxing. Okay, maybe that was a bad metaphor. Running is like reading a 1,000-page book—you look at the cover and say you could never do that, but you start it, and keep going to the end because it’s a fantastic ending that you heard from everyone was amazing. Then, you finally read that last word, and feel a huge sense of accomplishment!
Who knows? Maybe this is your day to finally read that book.