Should I Run or Walk?

I am currently listening to, while working on crafts or walking the dogs, an audiobook by Ben Davis titled Do Life: The Creator of “My 120-Pound Journey” Shows How to Run Better, Go Farther, and Find Happiness

He tells his story of achieving a 120-pound weight loss by changing his damaging life style choices, dealing with his addiction to food, video games and gambling, and taking up running – eventually becoming a marathoner and triathlete.

I always secretly wanted to be a runner. I have two friends who are experienced runners tell me how to start running, however I have yet to really try their methods. I don’t have 120 pounds to lose but I could stand to lose another 20 and running might be the way to achieve this dream.

Starting running might be like when I started quilting. In the late 1990s a friend at work (now a lifetime quilt sister friend) encouraged me to start quilting and I was very hesitant. I kind of went along for the ride, because I liked her as a person and I liked the idea of quilting. I struggled through my first quilt but it was an incredible accomplishment. 15+ years later I continue to know the initial struggle was worth it.

For now I will keep listening to the audiobook and mulling it over in mind, whether to try running. I will keep walking the dogs twice a day and enjoying the beautiful scenery on my walk as neighborhood gardens are in bloom!

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6 thoughts on “Should I Run or Walk?

    • torbengb says:

      Yes, you can totally still enjoy the scenery and smell the airs while running (avoid stopping though). Despite itself, fitness running is a slow sport. Compare with bike riding, where you need much higher speeds and bigger distances to get a benefit (but I still like it better).

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    • tierneycreates says:

      I would only see them very quickly while running by! I do enjoy a nice saunter. I would have to keep walking if I also took up running, I do so enjoy looking at gardens on my walk!

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  1. torbengb says:

    Let that thought simmer at the back of your mind. When it has nagged at you long enough, you’ll grab that old pair of sneakers and just jog around for fifteen minutes. You’ll feel incredibly accomplished. You’re awesome.

    Little steps – forget about marathons, who needs them anyway.

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      • torbengb says:

        5K? No “freedom units”? Actually five kilometers are easily achieved, it’s not that far once you get started. The hard part is doing it *fast* though. My pace is around 6 minutes per kilometer which is nothing to write home about. But then again I just do it for me, not competitively.

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