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My Love/Hate Relationship with Running

100_0799I love running, yet I hate running. We have this love/hate relationship – the type of relationship with days when I want to embrace it at times and then other days, when I want to just call it quits and kick it to the curb.

 When I’m smitten and in love with running, it is less challenging. I look forward to the peacefulness of the neighborhood, the feel of the wind on my face, and the strength I feel building in my legs. I love the “alone” time it affords me. I love the freedom it brings – the choice to run hard or jog lightly. I love the rush I get and the self satisfaction I feel when I am finished with the workout. But most of all, I love the way it keeps me fit and tightens my toosh.

 But then there are days when running and I have our differences. I hate it on those mornings when those shoes just stare at me, guilting me as I’m trying to muster up the motivation to even get out of bed. I hate it when my knees remind me of an earlier running injury. I hate it when my stamina is low and it feels like I can’t run or jog anymore. I hate it when the physical wear and tear of shin splints and sore knees outweigh the rush of energy.

 Through the love and hate, running and I stay together, though. We may take a “break” once in awhile and we may have our differences, but just like any relationship, we eventually find the good in each other and keep moving forward. It’s a one-of-a-kind mutual respect we have for each other – ‘til death do us part.


– Shannon Philpott
Blog Entry: Aug. 7, 2009

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