Hello there bloggies! Welcome to this week’s Fitness Friday!

Happy First Day of Spring! Though, we are slated to get snow (again) tonight.

With the promise of warmer weather, exercising outside is becoming an option in the near future. Other than playing sports like tennis and basketball, my usual outdoor exercise activity is running. My running reached its height last summer and early fall when I trained for and completed my first half marathon. It was honestly one of the hardest, yet most fulfilling experiences doing that race last fall.

Of course, with the cold and snow of winter, running has been put on the backburner the last few months. Instead, I have focused on circuit workouts, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) (e.g., Insanity), and lifting. I hate running longer distances on the treadmill. The longest I’ve ever done is maybe 4-5 miles.

But, now that I’ll be able to exercise outside soon, I am starting to consider adding distance running back into the routine. It’s not an easy decision though, and I am going back and forth on it.

Some pros to re-introducing running:

-Running is a great way to spend some outside and get fresh air. I am stuck in an office or lab all day for work. Getting home and heading out for an hour run can be a great way to see the blooming area and actually be out in the sun. I think we all can agree that being outside in spring is just fantastic.

-Running has also become a social thing in my groups of friends. My friends have already started signing up for 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races. So far, I have been non-committal. These races are always fun, and it’s always great to see a friendly face at the finish line.

-Somehow, I have started to really like running. It’s a great way to spend some time alone as well as meet up with friends. My mind is always calm and freed after a nice run. It is also really easy to follow your progress and improvement by just watching your times and distances.

Some cons to re-introducing running:

-Unlike Insanity and some other HIIT workouts, running is not time efficient. Longer runs take up a lot of time, and time is something that I do not have a ton of (especially this spring). It takes a lot of planning and foresight to carve up sufficient chunks of time for your runs.

-Even the most hardcore runners have to admit that running really pounds your body, especially such a tall/lanky one as mine. By the end of half-marathon training, I was starting to have knee, hip, and foot issues. I enjoy pushing myself and my body, but I don’t want to push it too much.

-While any exercise is great, running tends not to be the best for building the muscle I’ve been looking for. I’m not sure if running is the best way to get in better shape.

In the end, I honestly am not 100% sure how much running I am going to incorporate into my exercise routine. I don’t think I will run another half-marathon, but I do think I want to add some running sessions into my life again.

What do you all think? How much running should I include in my life? Should I keep in relatively short distance or push myself for longer ones? Comment below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.

Thank you all for stopping by Fitness Friday! Have a great weekend!

-Dr. F