In my quest to get into better shape than I am now, I headed out to the mall last week to buy a pair of running shoes. I haven’t bought a pair of running shoes in…a very long time. And because I’m incredibly indecisive when it comes to shopping (I think I’m that rare girl who hates shopping unless I know exactly what I want..I abhor browsing, especially in a mall) I spent an hour looking at and trying on shoes, narrowed it down to two pairs with the help of an informative sales associate…and then left the mall empty handed. Ugh. But by the time I got home I had all but made up my mind. And after doing some google research I decided toΒ go with my first choice – the ASICS (I switched out the ribbon laces to regular black laces included in the box). Then today, I went to the gym. I got a free 7-day pass and immediately hopped on an elliptical machine and ran. Just ran.

I decided to ease back into the gym by keeping it simple. Just running. For 40 min. And as much as I hate running, it felt good. Really good. To just run. And to feel my heart going. To feel my body temperature rise and the sweat run down my back. To push myself. And then pace myself. I felt like I could just keep running…

Who knows. Maybe I’ll become someone who actually likes to run.

// Are any of you runners? How’d you get into it? Or are any of you also trying to get into better shape? Feel free to share any tips or resources that you’ve found helpful or inspiring.

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RUTH DEAR January 27, 2019 at 01:05

I’ve re-started running after having a little ankle injury last spring and I’m finally starting to get into a routine. I’ve only just returned from living overseas so don’t have enough money to join the gym, but running outside is free! I read somewhere that the first steps out the door are the hardest for runners, and that is certainly true for me. The initial 10 minutes I spend thinking about giving up and heading home, but after that I just get into it and by the end I feel like I could carry on going. Good Luck with getting back into working out! πŸ™‚

LACEY IN THE CITY January 27, 2019 at 01:11

Like you, I am not a runner. I have one knee that acts up on me all the time, so running actually petrifies me, as it can exacerbate my knee problem. Cheers to you for jumping on that machine!

DAGMARA January 27, 2019 at 01:18

I never thought I would be a runner but I am. I crave it in fact. But I only run outdoors. For me, the treadmill just isn’t the same. I run for exercise and to calm my mind. I even believe it helped me come out of a depressive period a few years ago. I don’t run w other people or marathons, I just run for me. This winter I plan on running indoors on a covered track (I don’t like running in -20 weather). It took a while to run without aches and pains, and not every run is a great run but I really miss it when I can’t fit it in. In fact, though I don’t consider myself to be a morning person, I love getting up early on weekends and running along the waterfront. You might want to consider joining a running club w the Running Room to see if you like it.

JENNA January 27, 2019 at 04:53

I love running and started in High School when I ran cross country. The process of actually running isn’t fun, but I crave the refreshed, healthy, endorphin filled feeling when it’s finished.

LOVE the shoes – Asics are the way to go!


JESSICA OBRIEN January 30, 2019 at 04:01

no matter what fitness level i’m at, i absolutely HATE to run, so yup, not a runner here. but my friend elise is doing a mile a day challenge from thanksgiving to new years. lots of people are using #mileaday on their instagrams. may be fun for you to join in:

ANDI OF MY BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURES February 2, 2019 at 00:22

I loooved it and then fell out of love and now I’m trying to fall back in love! I’m so out of shape right now and the holidays are just making it worse. πŸ™ LOVE the shoes!

KRISTINA February 3, 2019 at 22:52

I am running, but I am not very good at it. 30 minutes is more then enough, but I have managed to become much faster in the last year! You will find that running outside is much more exhausting than running on a treadmill. And do increase the increase at least to 1.0 – if not you are cheating πŸ˜€ I think that it is really important to to weight training as well. Focus on the large muscel groups – legs, butt, breast, shoulder. The more muscles you have, the more they will burn calories even if you are not working out! And that is a good thing!! Enjoy running!! x

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