Exercise: Why I Quit Running

Sometimes you just need to make a change in your exercise program.

I grew up in the 70’s when the exercise craze just got started.  That’s when the nation changed over from mostly manual labor jobs to more tech type jobs.  The big thing at the time, was running.  There were running books, running shoes and the advent of the “jog bra”, now known as the sports bra.  When I graduated from high school, I knew I had to keep myself in shape (no more PE classes or sports) so of course I started to run.

Over the years I ran on and off, mostly off.  Here’s why:

  • I was the slowest runner ever.  My fastest mile clocked was 10 minutes.  Everyone smoked me, even couch potatoes just starting out.
  • It hurt my knees
  • My upper body was naturally scrawny.  Running does nothing for that.

After years of running and quitting, I finally decided I didn’t like it and gave it up for good.  What to do now?  I became a Curves girl.  I got cardio and weight training and I liked it a lot.  I stuck with that consistently for 2 years.  Then they moved and it wasn’t convenient for me to get there.  Now what?

I found at home workouts that I really liked through Beachbody.  I started with P90X, now I am doing ChaLean Extreme and I look forward to my workouts.  It sure beats the fight I used to have with myself to get motivated for running.  The moral of the story is this.  If you don’t like the workout you are doing, you won’t stick with it.  Find something you like.  That’s more than half the battle!

What are your favorite workouts and why?

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at suek11@embarqmail.com

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  9. This is the exact opposite of me! I did all the other stuff, gyms, heavy weight -lifting, then P90X and then Insanity. I felt so good about overcoming those programs that I decided to take on the one challenge that I always hated: running. To my surprise, I loved it! I’m hooked. I’m just sorry it took me 40 years to figure out how much I enjoy it! Thanks for the great post!

  10. Great story. I have gone back to a little running for fun. I like to challenge myself now that I can do these things again. I owe that to Beachbody’s products. You are right about exercise. If you don’t enjoy it you will not stick to it. I wish you much success.

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