Hello, my name is Satu and I’m a fake runner!
I always go for a walk. Then, every now and then, I run a bit, 10 or 30 seconds or so. If my feet and knees give their approval, I might even run for a few minutes. If it feels really good, even longer – but even then I don’t push my luck. 10 minutes is more than enough.
If running doesn’t feel good at all, I continue to walk. Sometimes I even walk past “runners”. (Whose joints would be thankful if they faced the facts and switched to a brisk walk..)
Ever since I gave up on “real” running, I haven’t had a single strain injury. Plus I have the added benefit of people cheering me on when they see me stop running and think it’s because I’m exhausted. “Don’t give up, girl!” is what I heard last time from a lovely old gentleman..
Perhaps you’re wondering why I didn’t include a photo of myself faking it “on the run”? Come on! That would have been too fake! (Besides, the only thing the photo would have proven is that I posed for it in athletic gear.)