So hey guess what?! I hate running!! Ah, I love this time of year…it’s the season of quitting. Yes, folks more times than I can count I have emerged from a dreary winter and had aspirations of becoming a real runner, so I download a C25K program, buy new running shoes, and start running. Then approximately 6 weeks in, I realize “oh yeah!! I hate running!” and I quit. Seriously, there is very little I love about running. Oh, I wish I could love it or even like it a little, but alas, I like it about as much as I like mopping my floors, which is to say, not very much at all. 

At this weight, it’s just hard to run and it hurts and it takes me forever to get in and out of my straight-jacket heavy-duty sports bra. Yes, I know there are people who can rock a 5k at my weight and to those people I say more power to you! Run one for me because I’m happy to be in the walking pack in the back. 

I am a walker. And a yoga-doer (I don’t consider myself a yogi because that would convey that I have any sort of talent where yoga is concerned, which I do not, but I still love it). So those are the two things I am going to do for now. I might add in some other stuff here and there, but my main mode of moving my booty will be walking and bending. And if I’m feeling particularly plucky some days, I might throw in a jog during my walk, but I can guarantee it won’t last more than 30 seconds. I have my limits, people. 

Anything you want to admit to quitting? Anything you probably should quit, but haven’t yet? Spill it in the comments! 



12 thoughts on “Quitter

  1. Why should you run if you don`t like it? Once I had thoughts that I don`t run fast or long enough that there`s no progrees but I`ve learned to run as much I can and enjoy! You should do sports that are good for you and that make you feel great. And I love walking (power walking) as well – I`m better at walking then at running :-)))

  2. Walking is a lot safer on all your body parts.
    If you can keep a good pace or do intervals
    (fast walking, faster walking)
    I think you will do well.
    I don’t look at this as quitting.
    I think it is the smarter answer.

  3. You’re making me want to do yoga! Just need to start. I think I have more trouble starting something than quitting!

  4. There is so much stuff to do it just doesn’t make sense to do something you hate. Personally, I like running, I’m just not very good. And fat. Not exactly the best combination, but I have good shoes and take it slow. I’ve been wanting to try a yoga class for years, but the only thing I do is the downward dog (again, not very good probably because my stomach is in the way) because it feels awesome stretching my thighs that way.

    1. You don’t necessarily have to take a class – just go on youtube or you can download yoga apps so you can get your zen on in the privacy of your own home. 🙂

  5. Your post is powerful, Jill.

    I haven’t exactly quit my church, but I’ve been going to another more-peaceful one.

  6. Can’t really blame you for not running, it’s the fast track to grinding away those nubile joints into sawdust. Plus, being a woman and trying to run with all those extra jiggly parts just leads to more stretch marks. Running is an acquired taste, and it takes some persistence before you get to a point where you might enjoy it. Don’t lose your milkshake over it if you can never bring yourself to stick to it – it ain’t worth it.

  7. As a fellow walker and yoga person, I loved reading this. For years I tried to turn myself into a runner. I used to have to do it as part of college tennis practice and it never got better through the decades! I’m a firm believer in finding ways to move that you love or at least don’t hate. It’s the only way I’ve ever found to stick with it!!

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