I run slow.

You already know my distaste for running. I hate it. Well…that’s harsh. Let’s just say it’s not my favorite thing to do…and yet, I keep running.
The fact is, I’m slow. If you see a meme on the internet about slow runners, it is describing me. Fast for me is 12:00/mi.  My little legs just do not adapt to a large stride or fast movement. I’m OK with that. I am training for a triathlon and I have found that running directly after biking is easier for me. I can never run a whole mile without walking a few feet…EVER.  If I ride a bike 10+ miles before I have found that I can run 2 miles straight! I probably could’ve even ran further but I ran out of time! I was pretty excited about it. Even though I ran 2 miles non-stop the fact still remains that I am slow. I like slow.
Earlier this year the New York Times blogger posted about slow runners. It cited a Danish study that was published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology that determined that “plodding joggers tended to live longer than those who ran faster. In fact, the people who jogged most often and at the fastest page – who were, in effect, runners rather than joggers – did not enjoy much benefit in terms of mortality. In fact, their lifespans tended to be about the same as those who did not exercise at all.”1  Now, I don’t know about you…but I’m don’t put a lot of eggs in the study basket. There are studies about everything and each one contradicts the other. However, I’m going to take this one and run with it. (See what I did there…….) 
The point is, it doesn’t matter how fast your run or how slow you run. It doesn’t matter if you run or bike or walk or swim. Just get out there and enjoy the world. It’s as easy as one foot in front of the other. Some days it’s going to suck and some days it will put a smile on your face…just don’t quit.

(1) Reynolds, Gretchen. “Slow Runners Come Out Ahead”. New York Times.  February 4 2015.
URL: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/04/slow-runners-come-out-ahead/?_r=0

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