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Running sucks, and I’m not a talented runner. I hated running for a very long time. But in the last 17 months I ran 1000 kilometers. That’s a million meters. 1.000.000! I can hardly believe it myself.
As I said, I hated running. Physically, it’s very hard and I found it just plain boring. On top of that my dad was a runner. So as a young boy, that was reason enough to hate it.
But as I grew older and smarter, I realized that I needed the exercise. I have a job where my time is divided by sitting in a car seat and sitting in an office chair. Both have wheels under them, so they don’t really help me stay in shape.
After 17 months, I started registering every run I did. I used sportypal.com, but there are many other tools out there. This tool made me run more. I felt pushed to add another line, to add some kilometers, to add a workout.
By running more, the running became easier. Don’t get me wrong, it is still hard work. But then suddenly there is a run where you feel no pain, just pleasure. Is that runners’ high? I don’t know, but I like it. I like it so much that I don’t mind the runners’ low (if the high exist, the low must exist as well). Those runs that are painful from the first meter to the last. They happened too, most often in the beginning. But after a few months you’ll get one. One run without effort, just pleasure. And the more you run, the more frequent it happens. They keep you going.
I now enjoy something I hated. I just reached 1000 km. So I gave myself a present. First because I just needed a new pair of running shoes, second because I deserve it. Doing something you hate, 8 times a month, 17 months in a row, deserves a present.
I’m ready for the next 1000, are you?
If I can do it, believe me, you can do it.