How Do You Not Hate Running?



  • LAWoman72
    LAWoman72 Posts: 2,846 Member
    spartan_d wrote: »
    LAWoman72 wrote: »
    spartan_d wrote: »
    People here keep missing the point.

    Can someone who never runs at all in an emergency? Sure, but that's never been in dispute. The question is whether this person can run well enough to deal with that emergency -- to save her own life, for example. People are saying that they'll rely on adrenaline and the cardio conditioning that they get from stuff like hula hooping. That's basically whistling in the dark -- rolling the dice and hoping that they get lucky.

    People are also saying, "But these situations haven't happened to me yet!" Good for you. That's the nature of an emergency, though. These are situations that aren't extremely common, but for which it's good to be prepared.

    Besides which, it's not just about strength or cardio conditioning. As a personal trainer pointed out to me last night, it's also about training the neural pathways to function efficiently, which is especially important in an emergency. This is why runners do form drills-- to help the muscle memory kick in when it's needed.

    Almost everyone has some basic running abilityt. Also, adrenaline, cardio conditioning, and so forth can help, but only so much. Would these be good enough to deal with emergency situations? Only if you're lucky, which is why incorporating at least some running into one's fitness routine is important for well-rounded functional fitness.

    Oh, I thought the point was: the OP literally HATES running, she even leads the thread with that, plus she has asthma so hey, should she get out and running? If If not, how can she get lean and healthy in some other fashion?
    I'm talking about the point I raised, which is that it's important to incorporate at least SOME running into one's exercise routines for the sake of functional fitness. This, in turn, was a response to the oft-stated claim that running isn't necessary to be fit. The latter is only a half-truth; running isn't necessary to lose weight, but running ability is an important part of functional fitness.

    I'm absolutely certain that you know this. Previously, I pointed out that you keep exaggerating the scenarios that I posited, depicting them as situations wherein superhuman abilities would be required. Now you're acting as though you don't know which issue I was addressing. I think you know better than that.

    As for the claim "balance, flexibility, and coordination" are more important, common sense dictates that this depends on the nature of an emergency. Balance and flexibility aren't going to count for much when you're rushing to catch a train, or when you need to escape from an active shooter. And even if they do count for more, that doesn't mean that you may as well dispense with running preparation. Functional fitness involves multiple variables, after all, as any sensible person knows.

    For heaven's sake, need a hug?

    I know what you posited and it has pretty much hands down been debunked. By everybody.

    Again, no. All this had nothing to do with helping the OP, help (actual help) has already been given.

  • scarlet67
    scarlet67 Posts: 107 Member
    Tried to read these threads they totally lost me
  • dutchandkiwi
    dutchandkiwi Posts: 1,389 Member
    I am in a similar situation yet I can now run 10k.bMy gym teacher would be so proud now.
    I first had my heart and lungs checked by a specialist. As my asthma is in part intensity induced and used to feel (when unfit) as if my heart was going to collapse I was literally scared to get started. So I wanted an all clear that the problem was my lungs only and they simply needed to get stronger.

    I then looked at C25k and did that more or less at half speed of that schedule. I was diligent with my meds and made sure I had had used my inhaler about 15 minutes before I started. Always I took frequency over speed and distance So I'd rather do 3-4 times a week a short distance than 2 times longer.
    Now a year after I started I can run 10K. I do not need my inhaler anymore (still on antihistamine pills daily though). Though still not a fast runner I am very happy with my progress and love running.
  • bketchum1981
    bketchum1981 Posts: 130 Member

    Find what works for you. I get bored easily, so I like doing a variety of things and have running as backup if I don't have anything else to do that day.[/quote]

    I do a variety of workouts. Running is not my forte but I do have a good pair (gait analysis approved) that I use on vacation and when running seems the most convenient exercise for certain days.

    I'm a firm believer in incorporating strength, cardio and Pilates/yoga for effective overall fitness.