All posts tagged: running

Competition

A friend of mine and I run together a couple of times per week. Right now, he’s training for a ten-mile race. Together, we run a fraction of that amount because three miles is just about my limit. I’ve run four but regretted it later. He’s the better runner. He’s less winded than I am when we hit the three-mile mark and can usually outrun me in the final sprint. But this doesn’t bother me much, and there’s a reason. I lift weights, and he doesn’t. Pull-ups? Push-ups? I’ve got him beat. When it comes to competition, we often neglect to think about other skills. That may not be the point in a heat, but it’s important. Not being able to run faster or lift more than someone doesn’t mean you’re a loser. It could mean we’d win at something else. I’ve never been particularly competitive. I wasn’t athletic (or… coordinated) when I was young. But I could probably make an argument that I have become extremely competitive with age–at least with myself, which is …

Jump Rope

I haven’t been able to figure out why but, for some reason, jumping rope is pretty easy for me. Granted, I’m not jumping for excessive amounts of time (e.g., an hour), but I consider a session of 20 minutes to be somewhat significant. Contrast this with my ability–or lack thereof–to jog. I’ve worked up to being able to run as much as three or four miles, but I never really enjoy it. Maybe I shouldn’t say that. If I hated it, I wouldn’t keep doing it, and I run a couple of times each week. A better way to describe my views on running would be to say that it causes me a lot more strain than jumping rope. When I first started with a jump rope, I went at it with gusto. I was jumping 20 straight minutes and only stopping when the rope got tangled up in my feet, which happened less often as I began to jump consistently. But because jumping rope burns so many calories, I don’t feel the need to …