Hello! I’m Jules, Maggie’s sister. I’ve been a vegan for about six months, after being vegetarian for six years. I’m not going to talk about that, though. (I just thought I should mention it since this blog is mostly food-related.) I’m going to talk about running. I run about two miles every other day. That’s probably not a lot, but it feels like a lot to me.
I always thought I hated running. It was boring, it was tedious, and it was tiring. I actually did track for a little bit, though. I was on a track team in seventh grade, and again in ninth. I did it of my own free will in seventh grade; freshman year I had to meet a sports requirement for school. While on both of those teams, I still hated running. I didn’t like the team warm-ups, and I wasn’t particularly good at any event. The team warm-ups were awful freshman year, because I was incredibly slow and everyone else was always in front of me. In seventh grade, I just got bored. Running just seemed like a big waste of time to me. There were so many other things I could do.
But this year, I decided to plan a hiking trip with my dad. Then I realized I was totally out of shape. I ate healthy food, but I never exercised. I knew I had to do something to get in shape if I wanted to go hiking for a week, and running was pretty much the only option. I decided to just grit my teeth and do it. I planned on running on my two-mile long road. The first and second day, I stopped about every half mile. The third or fourth day, I managed to do an entire mile without stopping. Then, a few days after that, I managed to run the entire two miles! I felt so accomplished And I noticed that the more I thought about stopping, the harder it was to keep going. But the more I just thought about nothing, or let my thoughts wander, it was so much easier. That was my first running epiphany.
The second one happened after I was looking for my iPod. It had been lost for a long time, but for some reason I really, really wanted to listen to it while I ran. I got myself into a horrible mood looking for it, and I told myself I wouldn’t be happy until I found my iPod. I decided to run without it, and while I was running, all my anger disappeared. I was amazed. And when I got back, I was in one of the best moods ever. I never thought running would make me happy.
So, try running. Or any exercise you’ve always thought you hated. You might be surprised!