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How I Run

Real runners know their splits. They know their PRs and they all speak in Garmin-ese. They look cute in their shorts or spandex and their ponytails (mostly ladies, but some guys, too). And they look fierce and strong and non-sweaty.

Not me.

My face gets all red almost instantly. (I’m very Irish-y).

I sweat, which at first is a nice “atta girl” that I’m doing the old body some good. But after awhile, it’s blinding.

Literally, the sweat pours down my face and stings my contact lenses and blinds me. (*Note to self: get a sweatband or something that will absorb sweat and not make my hair look like Edward Scissorhands cut it).

Most runners have decent form. And by decent form, I mean they look as though they’re running.

You know when you watch a running race on TV – one of the Olympic trials or something – and the runners fly like the wind, cross the finish line and then their arms and legs flail a bit as they try to slow down? Those last few seconds of the race? Yeah. That’s how I look when I BEGIN running.

My times are horrible. In the last three years since I started this running gig, I’ve learned that I’m nothing if not consistent. I tend to hover around the 14:00 mile.

I’m not entirely certain you could call what I do “running.” Maybe it’s jogging. Maybe it’s stumbling. Maybe it’s wishful thinking. But the point is, I get out there. Whether it’s on the treadmill at the Y while my girls enjoy the play area or hobbling around my neighborhood.

And I’ve found that running is the only thing that helps me lose weight when I need to or keep it off when I want to.

Do you run? Am I the slowest runner on the face of the Earth?



  1. A mile is a mile lady — and you’re going a lot faster than our friends on the couch!

  2. Speed is all relative, at least you’re beating all the people who sit down all day. I’m not competitive at all, so when I run its just against me, someday’s I’m faster than others.

  3. I and my 12:00 miles are a match made in heaven. Long may we prosper…

  4. Hahaha I completely understand where you’re coming from. And I also agree that running is really the only thing that helps the pounds come off

  5. Non-runner here. Exercise-induced asthma + inhalers make me shaky = I find other ways to exercise! But your description of how you look running totally reminded me of when Phoebe and Rachel go running together on Friends. Ever seen it? Makes me happy every time. 🙂

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