5 Reasons You Should NOT Take Up Running

I’ve been a runner for a while now, and by runner, I just mean that I am one of those weird people who get a kick out of running for miles on end and getting sweaty. Since having my last baby (4 months ago), my running days have not been very consistent, and it’s been hard for me to get back into the groove. I sometimes find myself having internal dialogues, making excuses of why I shouldn’t go running. If you need an excuse, here are 5 I came up with:

1) It’s addicting. In the beginning it’s a little rough and then — BOOM! You get that infamous “runner’s high“, and like a drug, you have delusional thoughts of grandeur that you could just keep running forever. It’s true, having the delusional thoughts I mean. I’m guilty of having that runner’s high. You go a few days without running and you start craving it, wanting to go running so that you could feel good again. OK, yeah, you feel good all day, but then you have to go running again to get back that feeling. So, yeah. Running is very addicting. Just ask my former couch-potato friends. Do a Nancy Regan and “just say NO.”

2) You’re body starts changing if you become consistent in your running, and pretty soon you have to buy a new wardrobe. Ugh. Then you have to get a babysitter to watch the kids, so that you can go shopping by yourself to find cute & chic smaller-sized clothing. Well, you can’t have new clothing without getting a new haircut. So then you have to stop at the salon. I mean, who has time for that? Oh, did I mention the spring in your step after your salon appointment is over — so sassy.

3) Your kids won’t recognize you. What kind of mother would you be? You wouldn’t want your children wondering, “Who is this woman and what have you done with our mother?” Nuff said.

4) Your kids may have a hard time recognizing you, but your husband won’t. Let’s just say you’ll see an increase in your husband’s romantic side. Who knows what that might lead to. Moving on.

5) You’re going to get nothing but compliments from all your friends and family. They’ll be constantly telling how good you look, how amazing you are, that you look younger . . . yada, yada, yada. That’s just added attention you don’t need, not to mention the multiple boosts you’ll get to your self-esteem. It might go to your head.

There you go. Five reasons to not even start with the running, unless you feel like you could handle those kinds of things. You know, the “feeling good”, “getting a new wardrobe”, “looking different” and compliments galore. If you decide to try running anyway, don’t say I didn’t warn you ; )