ThinkKit asked me what I discovered this year and the answer is I officially hate running. This June, I made a commitment to run at least every other day and did so for about 2 months until I came down with bronchitis. I hadn't been on a run for 4 years and it seemed so many people run and feel good doing it that I would give it a shot. I got so focused on making this a hobby I even looked up 5k runs for the fall. I did work my way up from running then walking to running a mile straight (which I haven't done in over 7 years).
I honestly do NOT know how people can or even want to run more than a mile. I hate being out of breath, I hate how my knees and back feel like they are going to break, I hate how I look while running (my knees knock and I feel like Ricky Bobby, not knowing what to do with my hands). I also find running really boring. It's like I get bored while running but also feel like I'm hyperventilating and going to die no matter how long I've run.
I respect those who do run, I understand wanting to be in shape and the endorphins that come along with it. But I will say this summer, I definitely discovered I will never be a long distance runner or even a runner in general. I gave it a go, I gave it what I had. I am just not a runner. I prefer to get my exercise going on long fast paced walks, dancing for a half hour in my living room with my daughter, or doing some chores that are physically demanding (that kills 2 birds with 1 stone!). So sorry folks, but you won't see me in any marathons probably ever.