Why I’m Giving Up Distance Running

Uhhh….because I hate it?

But also it’s killer on my knees and as Hockey Playing Husband and I have discovered, knees are important.  I have friends who run half marathons regularly and get many an invitation to join them which I politely refuse with a “the only way I’ll run that distance ever again is if someone is chasing me the entire way wearing a hockey mask and carrying a knife”.  While I had a good time running a half and a super fun time running 15 k for the Midsummer Night’s Run a few years ago–which isn’t so much a run as it is a really long jog to the beer tent–long distance is way too hard on my knees. Apparently being a pigeon-toed pronator doesn’t just affect your feet and ankles, that little ol’ ripple effect goes all the way up.

But I still like me a good goal so I signed up to run a 10 k race in May. It’s a doable distance, a great kick in the ass to work on my cardio and it’s in the evening which means the cold beer afterwards is going to taste mighty fine.

So ya, that’s it. I signed up to run a race, my first one of the year.  I guess the point of this post is whatever it is you’re doing, you have to find what works for you.

Apparently what works for me is running towards beer.


p.s. If you’re interested in joining me for this 10 k jaunt for beer contact me and I can send you the details. 


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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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12 Responses to Why I’m Giving Up Distance Running

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  2. Kelly says:

    I would totally do this, but last year, you inspired me to sign up for this:

    I convinced a few friends to join me too, and my best argument? “There’s BEER at the end!”
    I will run for a good cause, for my health, and to keep my friends company, but having a sweet reward at the end is worth it too.
    Good luck on your run, and enjoy the beer at the end!!! I know I will :)

  3. See, this is why I study martial arts, so that when a hockey mask wearing knife wielding psycho comes at me, I just turn around and lay waste to his ass. Then, I use his ear to help open my beer.

  4. jennifer Reynolds says:

    Hmmm…I have a feeling that with all of this extra you’ll have (not running half marathons and all), you’ll be telling us about another new sport you’ve taken up. My bets are on roller derby. :)

    • Sharon says:

      Right….just so you know, I’m actually giving roller derby a try (one day only) and will be writing about it. I have a feeling it will be the fastest I’ll ever skate since I’ll be trying to get away from the danger.

  5. Suzanne Gilbert says:

    I used to think walking around the block was about as far as I would go. Since I got my dog….that is the short walk for when it is raining or very cold. I now think walking for an hour is nothing. I still wouldn’t run even across the road. And I don’t exercise on purpose. If I get exercise walking, gardening, or playing softball, that’s good for me. Even as a kid I didn’t take part in activities that involved running. I could do long jump or high jump or even shot put, but there wasn’t much running involved. Of course now I am overweight and outa shape, but I am working on the weight thing and have improved quite measurably in the fitness department.

  6. Just one more reason why I think you’re fabulous :)

  7. I love when people sign up for races and are just like “Well, it’s ONLY 10K”. Oh, really? ONLY? Good god I would die. Anyway, this woman the other day was talking about marathon running and she was like “After you’ve been running for an hour or so and you hit the zone and you’re not even breathing hard…” and I was like “Wait. What?” All of which is to say I’m not cut out for long distance running. Or, really, any running. But good for you! Beer!

  8. Marc says:

    Just a suggestion, move the fridge closer and then you don’t have to run so far. Other than that, good luck and have fun with the 10k.

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