You Gotta Run, Run, Run, Run, Run

I’m running again.

It’s been a year or two since I’ve run regularly, and the main reason I stopped doing it was that I was finding it difficult to both go out for a run and walk my dog on the same day — and running with the dog proved difficult.

I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that I’d give it another go, and I decided to take the plunge a week ago. One of the pushes came from the My ASICS running app, designed by my good friends atAQ — and the app’s graphic design is by my regular gaming partner, Ryan Ruel.

I’m no stranger to running apps, and have had multiple sessions running with Nike+, miCoach, and most frequently, Runkeeper. They each have their postives and negatives, and so far what I’m liking from the My ASICS app is the simplicity, and the running plan it has suggested for me (my current goal is to run 10 km).

Oh, and there’s my dog.

He is in fact accompanying me on my runs, and so far it’s been fine. I do have to stop a few times during the run, to let him do his business — both forms — but it doesn’t seem to be breaking my rhythm too much yet. That being said, I’m still only in the warm-up phase (short jogs), so we’ll see what the next week or two bring.

I was surprised by the fact that I could do those first sessions without much effort or tiring out, despite the length of time since my last run — all that mountain activity seems to be paying off.

If you don’t run, you can’t win.

By Jean Snow

Production Services Manager at Ubisoft Shanghai. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.