I hate working out. I try to avoid sweating, panting, and pain. I do not enjoy sore muscles or exhaustion. My typical exercise is walking, but probably nowhere near the recommended 10,000 steps. Hubby has always been more faithful at working out, but even he had a hard time finding time when the boys were around.
Suddenly childless again, we plan to make fitness a hobby. How? That was our question, too. With my predisposition against working out, we had to choose something easy, something that did not require a lot of preparation. Bicycling sounded fun, but loading bicycles onto the car seemed a likely deterrent. Also, bicycles and the required gear are expensive!
Should we join a gym? Take up tennis? Sign up for a fitness class? Those options seemed like too much extra work and continued expense. Also, having to plan ahead and GO somewhere seemed enough to talk me out of working out.
So, we chose running. Yes, I do hate running. Running causes all those things I hate: panting, sweating, pain, exhaustion. So does every other kind of good workout. With the cons of running so stacked up, I needed some serious pros to turn it into a hobby.
- Fancy shoes
- Data tracking
First, we went to a running store for some fancy shoes. I did not own any shoes appropriate for running. To avoid hurting myself and giving up quickly, we quickly agreed to get the right shoes. Good thing we did. I learned last year that my body is lopsided, but I did not know the extent. At the running store, a relatively new employee took my initial measurements. Soon, he went to get a more-experienced colleague. She confirmed that, yes, I was more lopsided than the average customer. Thanks, guys. Apparently, one foot is a full 3/4 size smaller than the other. They told me that 1/2 size difference is somewhat normal, but 3/4 is very rare. Great. Also, I have some strange pronation, which means my foot rolls in funny or something. In spite of my oddities, they found a good pair of shoes. As you can see in the picture, they are fancy.
To make something awful into a hobby, we needed to add something wonderful like data. :) Yes, I love data. I love spreadsheets and dashboards. Enter, our new fitness devices. As an early anniversary present, we splurged and bought each other a Fitbit Charge HR. They track steps, distance, heart rate, and so much more. With the app and the website, I can nerd out on data to my heart's content.
Fancy shoes and data tracking were a good start, but the list was still heavy on the cons side. So, we added some competition. Hubby and I will be competing with daily data, but we also plan to start doing races. Depending on how these first weeks of running go, we will hopefully start with a 5k at the end of summer. Next year, this 10k on the coast of Maine is my goal.
With the list evening out, we only had to add community to convince me. I am a people person. Running is something that Hubby and I can do together. We can travel to races together, we can jog in the neighborhood together. Okay, I'm sold.
Now, I am off for my first run. Commence the panting, sweating, and other fun!
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