at Friday, February 05, 2010 Posted by Lisa Best

So....... I hate running.

I have never understood why people enjoy running. And to be frank, I judge runners. Clearly it is coming from a jealous place inside of me, but I still judge them. It makes me feel better about myself (and the pint of Dulche De Leche ice-cream I regularly eat). What would possess a human being to lace up their tennis shoes and just ... run?

I have not always been immobile. I have ran before. I vaguely remember 9th grade. Running around the grassy soccer field 5 times was equivalent to one mile. The coach would time us. Wanna know what I ran it in? I have no idea. I can't remember, because I HATE RUNNING. Wanna know what I do remember? braiding my friend Jessica's uber long hair,
And dominating at grass haystack contests, And discussing my "top ten" list (a list of our top ten male crushes, in order of hottness).

So that was then, and this is now. And not much has changed in the attitude-towards-running department. When I go to the gym I do the stair-climber & the elliptical & ANYTHING else besides the treadmill.

With all of that being said, the next part of this post may seem a bit... out of sync.

On Sunday, my dad texted me. I love my Daddy. We do the "hi, whats new" "Nothing new here either" "yada, yada yada..." Then he proceeds to tell me that he is thinking of signing up for the Rock n' Roll Seattle Marathon in June, to run the 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles). Now normally I would have reacted the same way I always react when others share athletic-related goals or activities they are taking part in with me. I have a somewhat standard response. "Wow, that's awesome. I could never do that." I say that not because I genuinely wish I could do whatever the person is participating in, But because it's what you say. On the inside I'm thinking "Sucks to be you, that sounds horrible." So... that being said, you'd think that the next moment of my life, the one after my dad announced his 1/2 marathon plan, would have gone much like that. Well, it didn't. Do you know what happened next?

...I, for some unexplainable reason quit texting and called my dad. When he answered I blurted out. "I am going to do it with you!"

"WHOA GUUURRRL?, whatchu talkin bout?!", I immediately said to myself. Did I, Lisa Nicole Best, 2000-2001 Albion Middle School grass haystack champion, just willingly agree to run? Not run out of necessity or panic. Not run away from the cops. Not run to class to avoid a tardy. Not run to the bathroom when I really have to go. But run for...for fun??

I don't know why I said it, I don't know why I suddenly felt inspired to, not only run, but train for the next 5 months for a 13.1 mile race. But I said it, it wasn't a dream. And as if that weren't unexpected enough, before I could even get out of it and try to take back what I said, B said, "I'm going to do it with you!" (Reality has sunk in for him as well no doubt, because since then I have heard statements from him such as "We aren't really doing this, right?" and "So Lisa, while we were running today, breathing in exhaust from passing vehicles, I realized that I really, really don't want to do this") :)

We are, however, doing this. And we have both agreed that we are just going to do our best. Prepare ourselves as best as we possibly can in the next five months. Whatever result that means, we will just have to wait and find out.

So there you have it. A goal has been born. A really, really, really sucky, hard goal. But I must say...
IF I can do this... IF I am able to awaken the discipline that I know has GOT to be chillin' somewhere inside me & really, really do this, I will be beyond proud of myself. And that seems worth trying for.

For the past few days B & I have been running. I am ashamed to call it running, since it's such a short distance at the moment, but it is, in fact, the act of running that is taking place. And as I was running tonight (alone, since B was about 1/4 mile ahead of me), I suddenly felt excited- (yes, I was running and feeling excited simultaneously). I suddenly felt like this was going to be a really good thing. For two 'lounging experts', as I'd like to call us, B & I are not incredibly active. I work out, but I never run. So for a couple of NON
-runners who dislike running to the extent that we do, I have concluded that there could not be a better challenge for us than this. There could not be a better way for us to grow closer. There could not be a better way for me to whip my body and my mind into shape. And there could not be a better way for me to get to know myself, and my limits.

These conclusions are what will keep me going.
...Even if I can't move my legs at the moment.

Wish us luck! Or at least wish that the race gets canceled.



  1. I know you guys can do it!!!!

  1. Good luck!!you guys are going to do great. I hear it gets easier and more enjoyable the more you run, i personally,as a "non-runner" don't think that seems possible but heres to hopin' right :)

  1. Do it do it! I have the same feelings about running. It's just so boring. But you ALWAYS feel better after going, so I force myself to submit.

  1. you are such a trooper!!!!!
    i can't believe it!!!!
    Good for you girl!!!

  1. i am training for a triathalon, not near as much running but i will run with you!

  1. It is true that it gets easier the more you do it and you definitely enjoy, sometimes to the point where you gotta get a run in. I too hate running, but I "like" it now, maybe "love" later, but let's not push it yet. Good luck, you can it, and have fun!

  1. i'm so sorry.

  1. Lisa! While I know this is a bit late, congratulations on your engagement! When is the wedding? It must be such an exciting time for you right now... Congratulations!