SoCS: I Don’t Run

Earlier this year, I came across a Facebook post of a very fit celebrity who stated something like, “I went out for a run today and unintentionally ran a half marathon.

Huh? Well, boy-oh-boy, that made me feel a whole lot better about my exercise regimen and physical strength.

Actually, I admire people who run for exercise or compete in 10K’s, half or full marathons. It takes a certain mindset, a focused determination, to train for a race or be consistent in a daily or weekly routine.

I know a woman through work who ran a 100 mile race two years ago and finished. She was always training (running, swimming, biking) and I would run into her at the local gym on occasion, when I was actually going there. I can’t imagine, not even for a second, how someone can run that distance and not fall over dead. Equally, it’s hard to imagine biking that distance, although I never questioned the abilities of the Tour de France athletes.

I made an attempt to run track in school, but my heart was never in it. When the coach made me jump hurdles and I fell over one in a race, that was the end. I lacked the willingness to practice further in order to be good at it, plus I was so embarrassed by that one incident, I didn’t want to put myself through it again.

In my 20’s and 30’s, exercise was here and there and mostly not there. I was tall and thin and didn’t see a need to go to a gym or jog down the street. My activity was work, running errands, chasing around on the weekends, going for an occasional walk, cleaning house, etc. I wasn’t strong, but I had a lot more energy then. I simply did not see the value of regular exercise or building muscle. Yeah, stupid then, but at least I learned a better lesson in my 40’s and beyond.

I still don’t run, but I bike, practice yoga, lift weights, go for walks, etc. I’m not the strongest because my 63 year old body allows only so much, but what I am is far better than nothing. If I had to run for my life now, I would lose. Horrifically lose. Unless, of course, I had my bike or ninja fighting moves. Or in addition to running for my life, I was running for a year’s supply of dark chocolate and cash in the bank.

Kudos to the runners and joggers and fit celebrities out there who are passionate about what they do and have a consistent practice. You are rock stars!

Keep running and enjoy the scenery. I’ll be sure to wave to you from the outside patio of my favorite bar (post pandemic) or when I pass you on the local bike trail. I may not be as strong as you, but I’ll be faster.

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “run.” Use it as a noun, a verb, use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

24 responses to SoCS: I Don’t Run

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I give you credit for biking, yoga and lifting weights. That’s a pretty good mix. Exercise should be something that makes you feel good. Besides, we get to enjoy pictures from the places you ride.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ugh, fat fingers on the phone.
      I meant to say the for exercise takes has to be enjoyable. Otherwise, I’d rather be in the kitchen baking cookies.

      Happy Saturday!

      • Dan Antion says:

        I recognize phone-based typos and unfinished messages. I do that all the time. Baking cookies is also not a bad habit.

  2. Those marvelously sculpted celebrities also have nutritionists, chefs, and personal trainers – amazing what money can buy. 🙂 Bike on, and I’ll walk and garden. We won’t look like a celebrity, but we’ll be healthier than if we just sat and thought about it. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yeah, I do realize celebrities have the money and means to do better at exercise. It was just funny that he unintentionally ran a half marathon. It’s like saying I unintentionally ate a dozen donuts. 😏

      Enjoy the spring gardening and walking, Judy!

  3. quiall says:

    What could I possibly say? OK that didn’t last long. I do exercise religiously… My mind. The rest is just where my brain is encased and it’s along for the ride.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with exercising the brain, Pam. It make you smart, aware and better prepared for what life throws at you.

  4. murisopsis says:

    I always said that the only motivation I could imagine for running was to be chased by someone… I walk which is enough for me. Weight lifting is fine but I think the reorganization of the pantry (all those canned goods) is enough of a workout…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lifting canned goods is lifting weight. It’s called functional training. Whatever works for you, you’re good to go!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Maggie! Sometimes, I’d rather stay in bed or on the couch all day (I’ve come close), but it’s good to move most days. No matter what form it takes.

      • Maggie says:

        I try to do some stretches before bed and upon waking, but our weather has been so wet and rainy it has been hard to find motivation to go out and walk in it.

  5. John Hric says:

    I will walk all day in the garden with occasional bouts of digging and lifting for AHU. Adult hydration units. Applied in relation to the heat index. Run. Well no. The bear gets those who cannot or will not even walk. And that calls for another AHU. Whew that was close…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      AHU…I must remember this term after the next sweaty bike ride. Hydration is so important as long as any interaction with water and a protein bar is followed by AHU and chips. 😁

  6. lois says:

    I used to run 5Ks and 10Ks. Sometimes on run days, I would go 4-5 miles instead of my usual 3-4. But accidentally run a half-marathon? Give me a break. I’m with you, Mary–yoga, weights and walking do it for me now, for which my doctor is blissfully happy. Oh, you know what–before I wrote this comment, I unintentionally wrote a book! 🤣

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lol, Lois, you are too funny! Good for you that you were able to run those races, but even better now that you’re doing what your body and doctor approve of. I hope that’s in your book! 😏

  7. J-Dub says:

    I love this Mary! Especially this line “but what I am is far better than nothing”. Isn’t that the truth. Every little bit counts. Because it does!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Absolutely! I will never be an “avid” exerciser, but I do what I can to stay upright and moving. I don’t need to run a marathon.

  8. Exercise is great…especially when you’re not aware of doing it. Staying active is a marathon not a sprint. Nice stream!

  9. Everyone has to pick something that suits them the best. I probably would benefit from some weight lifting and walking is good.

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