So I recently started running for the first time as an adult. I got tired of sitting around at home all day “working” and making frequent trips to the kitchen. My legs had started cramping often and I knew I needed to exercise, not with weight loss as a goal but just to get out of the house. So I started, with very little knowledge of what I was getting myself into. I eventually got tired of making mental notes of my questions and observations so here I am today writing this listicle:

  1. Men – will stare,make comments and drive slowly to keep up with me – to abduct me I assume?
  2. Minibus drivers are especially unkind, thank god for headphones.
  3. That on the first day I would give up 15 minutes into my run and beg to be dropped home.
  4. That I’d have to give up chilli because it would make my lungs catch fire.
  5. That I needed a fuego playlist because pausing ever so often to change the song would disrupt my momentum.
  6. That pads would rub my skin raw and I would have to consider tampons just for the runs.
  7. That on days I won’t be able to get out of bed or even get anything done,it would be the only thing I did.
  8. That eventually,I would show up everyday on time.Ready and excited.
  9. That my body would start to feel lighter,more agile and that I would sleep better at night.
  10. That I would add more miles to my route because it would become something I no longer did begrudgingly, but something that made me feel alive.

Ps: I just want to say I really hate men,they have made this whole thing almost intolerable for me but I ofcourse won’t stop on their account.

kisses from me and my new found love,

Xa

3 thoughts on “10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Running

  1. Hi there! I found you on Twitter and enjoyed this jogging story. You’ve inspired me 😊. Which country are you in- that the men don’t realise they’re breaking the law?

    1. Thanks love it is a very rewarding thing to do I hope you start soon. I am in Malawi and they do it with impunity. Practically zero consequences 😟

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