Guest Post – Jules! (my sister)

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 icon smile Guest Post   Jules! (my sister) 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!

17 Comments on Guest Post – Jules! (my sister)

  1. Sagan
    26 March, 2009 at 12:06 pm (6 years ago)

    *waves to Jules* good advice; we should always revisit stuff to see if things have changed- with a different mindset we can grow to like stuff that we might not have in the past.

  2. Pearl
    26 March, 2009 at 12:08 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for dropping by with such a nice guest post! I’d love to hear more about your vegetarianism and transition to veganism sometime! You should start your own blog :)

  3. Danielle
    26 March, 2009 at 12:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Great post!
    I just recently started running and I have a love/hate relationship with it, thanks for posting this, you really made me realize that giving up is silly.

  4. Erin
    26 March, 2009 at 1:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for posting this! I can relate to it soooo much. But I was even worse, I had no running experience and even when I was into healthy things and exercise still despised running. I think it was those torturous Fitness tests in gym that did me in.
    For some reason I started trying again about 5 months ago. Now I love it! I’m not good by most people’s standards, but for me, its amazing. I never thought I could run a whole mile at a time, much less the 6 I did last week!

  5. Dori
    26 March, 2009 at 1:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for this post! I recently started running on the treadmill to prep myself for running outside once the weather in NY gets warmer — but I am nervous! It will be great to have this in mind – and I bet it’s not long before Jules is running the road 4 or 6 miles :)

  6. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    26 March, 2009 at 1:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Jules.
    Nice to meet you (love your sister, and I read your brother’s blog too). Such an active family. I love that.

    Thanks for your guest post. You hit the nail on the head – I don’t think I’ve ever come back from a run in a bad mood. A run always lifts my spirits even if I’m dreading lacing up my running shoes. :)

  7. Missy (Missy Maintains)
    26 March, 2009 at 2:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Great post! Right now I am really bad at running for a long period of time. It kills me just to do 25 minutes! I am hoping once I can run outside, I will get better!

  8. Tanya
    26 March, 2009 at 2:23 pm (6 years ago)

    Great post! I’m just starting to blog about my runs and gym workout, and while I’m a little intimidated by the peeps who run 6, 7 miles and more, I’m too thrilled with every extra minute or faster pace that I run over my regular amount.

  9. K
    26 March, 2009 at 3:07 pm (6 years ago)

    What a great post! It actually speaks to me because I used to LOATHE running but for some reason something switch in my head and now I quite enjoy it from time to time. It’s nice to “meet” you :)

  10. carolinebee
    26 March, 2009 at 5:18 pm (6 years ago)

    yay jules!! I’m still a running virgin and it kinda scares me..but i keeeep seeing posts like these, and your stories are so inspiring!! I can definitely relate to exercise curing bad moods! Thanks :D Have a fun trip Maggie i cannot wait to hear about it!!

  11. NAOmni
    26 March, 2009 at 5:19 pm (6 years ago)

    Great post! I’ve been trying to push myself with my exercise more lately, and running is definitely one of those places for improvement!

    NAOmni

  12. Eat, Live, Love, Dream
    26 March, 2009 at 5:20 pm (6 years ago)

    HI Jules! Great little post! Very inspiring!!!!

  13. Sharon
    26 March, 2009 at 6:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Awesome post Jules! Great information!

  14. Leng
    26 March, 2009 at 7:28 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Jules! Great post! I feel the same way about running sometimes. I ran a lot of h.s., but now it seems like it takes up a lot of time and energy. I still run though. not much, but I try to do it as often as I can.

    I definitely agree to try out new things. I never thought that I would ever enjoy yoga, but I am finding it is my new fave form of strengthening and lengthening.

  15. juliet
    26 March, 2009 at 7:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I love running and I found your epiphanies very interesting! :) I think my mind wanders the most when something good is on tv in front of the treadmill.

  16. clare
    26 March, 2009 at 9:28 pm (6 years ago)

    hey jules! LOVE THAT NAME!

    2 miles every other day is awesome! im jealous. i look forward to the day (far off for now) that i can run pain free, and be able to control my running to not over-do it.

    i have loved running for the same reasons you described, but for other reasons i have tended to take it out of the “love” realm and into “forced” and “dreaded.” then when i get to the point where i cant do it anymore (injury) i wonder why i ruined it for myself. *sigh* im whining in your blog, sorry! lol

    anyways, this excites me for running again someday…not for exercise but simply to get lost in my thoughts and the rhythm.

    thanks for blogging! :)

  17. Cindy
    2 June, 2009 at 8:17 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Jules

    Thanks so much for your post! I have been embarking on a jogging to running (someday) quest..I think motivated by my new track running teenager…but it’s been a slow go. I hit the tread mill at lunch almost every day and I have noticed some progress but I just seem to struggle with the mental game. I love what you said about just letting your mind go… I am going to try that… it reminds me of a running meditation.

    BUT I LOVE that I feel so good no matter what I accomplish.

    Thanks again :)