Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Running Challenge Questions-How or When did you know You Caught the Running Bug?



How or when did you know you caught the running bug?


Since high school I’ve run off and on.  Or perhaps I should claim I was a jogger. I would jog for up to 3 miles a couple days a week and then stop all activity for months.  I never considered myself a runner during that time and the possibility of signing up for a race did not cross my mind.

In 2006 in an effort to be healthier and lose weight, I started walking.  When I figured I could run the same distance in less time, I started jogging it.  Eventually I was jogging the entire route and I loved it.  This time it was different from all the times before.  I had caught the running bug.  Promptly I signed up for a half marathon with no prior races and a whole two months of running experience under my belt.  From that point on running was part of my life and my passion.

I remember emailing a friend saying I had caught the running bug and the reply back was one of negativity and disapproval.  How could someone like running?  It’s hard on the knees. It’s boring.  There were a number of people that expressed that sediment.  They obviously didn’t get it and were happy sitting on the couch of doom. Oddly enough now, the majority of those people are no longer in my circle of friendship and I now surround myself with other runners who understand the joy and importance of having caught the running bug.

Happy Running!

14 comments:

The Sean said...

Glad you made it away from the Dark Side

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

thanks for posting this question ... I think you just gave me my post for today ...

Allie said...

I love the way people can be so negative about running. I'm sorry but I'd rather have bad knees than die from obesity any day.

Johann said...

Nice question. Helps me with my post for the day as well. :)

Staci Dombroski said...

I always hear the same thing and the same excuses too! However, I just tell them that I have arthritis and had surgery on my calf, and I am still able to run long distances. It makes me feel proud :-)

April said...

Great question! Unfortunately those negative people are everywhere. Most of the negativity I encounter comes from people with sedentary lifestyles. If I can get them up and moving, most of the time it changes their attitude.:)

Katie A. said...

Love hearing about your start! I started walking too to loose weight, then it turned to jogging and then running. I signed up for my first half also on less than a few months training all done on a treadmill! And where did I sign up for this first 1/2? Lake Tahoe of course - mountains and elevation! I picked well :) But I have had the bug for going on 5 years and wouldn't have it any other way :) Happy Running!

Kim said...

I think there are people who always have some excuse, but I've never understood why people want to rain on your parade. You know, if I want to run, what does that even have to do with them?

I suppose as long as you're sedentary, it makes them feel better about being sedentary. The second you start doing something with yourself, they feel guilty for sitting there doing nothing.

kilax said...

Great post! I caught the running bug for good two summers ago. I had been on and off until then.

Despite it happening over and over, I am always shocked when someone acts dismayed that I am into running. I can't believe people think of running as a negative thing!

ajh said...

Good question. It is amazing how many people are negative about running but (shame shame I was once one of them). Boy was I wrong.

roadtola said...

Great question to follow up on in a future post. I actually caught the bug twice. Once when I started doing road races, and more recently when I started doing trail runs. All I could think of was what trail I was going to run next...

eggplantexecutrix said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I started running because I decided it was time to stop watching other people do it. Pretty cut-and-dry. ;)

Sarah said...

I ran in high school and then got back into it after having my daughter, about 7 years ago. I did it to lose weight. Then I signed up for my first 5K and after I ran it I had definitely caught the bug.

DaveC said...

I gave up smoking put on a serious amount of weight 440 pounds and for health reasons had to change my lifestyle, I did so and to date I have lost 180.4 pounds.