Tillifinney's Journey...Week 13!

  • By Eric Evenstad
  • 25 Jul, 2015
Join Tillifinney as we follow her fitness journey over six months, starting on April 16th, 2014. The highs, the lows, the goals, the PRs...she shares it all!

And now...Week 13!

I hate running. I know, I know, “hate” is a strong word. But it is exactly how I feel about running. Last Wednesday there was a WOD that I thought I would just hit out of the park. It was a two mile run broken in half by 150 squats. No problem. Or so I thought. We were out and about doing errands all afternoon and weren’t going to make it to DeCO, so we stopped at the track of a middle school that isn’t too far from where we live. Rachel and Lauren did the whole WOD in around 30 minutes. I ran less than a mile before I quit, stormed off the track, and threw a tantrum about running. I cussed, I took off my shoes and threw them, and I cried. Since last Wednesday, I have made an effort to make running part of my day every day. And it’s been successful.
When I run, I don’t feel good. Everything  hurts. I’m out of breath always, no matter how slow I go. It takes me forever to run even the shortest distance. I’m constantly thinking about how I run as I’m running, because I know that I am not an efficient runner. There has to be a better way, but I don’t know what that is. How come nobody ever teaches you how to run? Is it one of those natural skills/activities that is just supposed to carry over from childhood? I’ve never been a good runner. Actually, I don’t even think one can call what I do “running”. It’s more of a slightly quicker than normal shuffle of my feet. I always batted in the “clean­up” spot on my softball team because I could hit the ball so far that I didn’t need to run quickly.

Maybe running is something that I never really learned how to do... Who knows? I would love nothing more than to never ever have to run for anything ever again. If I could pay someone most of my salary to run for me, I would do so instantly. I hate running. But now I’m a CrossFitter, and I love that. Running is a part of CrossFit, therefore running is something that I need to learn to love... or at least learn to tolerate. I’m not even close to there yet, but hopefully by running as much as I can, I will get there. I’m waiting for something to click, and when it does, I know it will feel great.
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