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Baby We Were Born to Run

When I was a kid I went to school in a teeny tiny a one room schoolhouse. Most of the time it was great but if there was one area where our lack of money or facilities really showed it was in the “physical education” department. My teacher actually had to invent his own sport for us to play that did not involve running, because our parking lot playground was unpaved and covered in sharp pointy rocks. Needless to say this gave me a bit of a complex around the whole physical fitness thing once I got to high school as I had never played a single sport or run further than the distance from the door of the school to my dad’s car at the end of the day.

I’m telling you this to give you a little context for the fact that I am not now, nor have I ever been, nor will I ever be a “runner”. However, I do run.

a serious sweat situation went down after my morning run today

I finally got into it about a year and a half ago when I was living in a very remote region of Northern Spain, desperate for a way to spend more time outdoors in my beautiful surroundings while building up my cardiovascular health. Soccer was out, since everyone around me was essentially a professional athlete when it came to that game, so I laced up my shoes and hit the pavement.

Interval training that combines jogging and walking in 60 second/90 second splits was what finally sealed the deal for me. I found this approach to be incredibly manageable even with absolutely zero experience, plus it was way less boring than straight running and I could feel myself getting less exhausted every time.

My ridiculously erratic workout stats. But all those dips and jumps are actually great for your cardiovascular health. Keep yer ticker tickin!

These days I continue to use a similar interval method called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) where you alternate but between low or moderate and very high (maxiumum exertion) sprinting.

5 Reasons to Consider Running: Even Though its Lame & Runners are Annoying

  1. You can do it alone, on your own schedule, with no equipment
  2. Its efficient (20-30 minutes is all you need)
  3. Regular interval training can be less straining & helps improve your stamina
  4. It gets your butt outside
  5. ITS 100% FREE
Okay I’m linking you to the running mix that I used back in Spain to get my butt in gear. Its part of the PodRunner series and the music itself is super electro and hilarious but theres a warm up/cool down and a chime to let you know when to start and stop thats basically foolproof. First timers give this jog/walk interval workout a try. I swear you won’t die and you might even like it. Experienced runners, try throwing this mix on and using it as a timer to switch up the intensity of your regular run! You’ll def get hooked.
So whaddya think? Do you run? If so how did you get into it? And if not is it something you’d ever consider?
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2 Comments

  • Reply Annalise November 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I’m going to start tomorrow!!! 😀

    • Reply the healthy hipster November 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      Good luck! Go at your own pace and adapt it to what works for you! 🙂

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