I don’t know if you guys read Tina Muir, but she’s been one of my favorites for a long time. Yesterday she wrote a very honest and soul-bearing post —> Time to Say Goodbye: When You Have Grown Apart From What You Love the Most
This is one of the things that I fear most about my love for running. That one day, I’ll wake up and it’ll just be… gone. I’ve talked about this with a few people who have told me that I’m insane for thinking that would even happen, but as Tina demonstrated, it does and can happen.
Of course, over the years, I’ve learned that you can’t worry about things like that… the things that are out of your control. I’ve also learned that the best part of running? It’ll always be there.
About a year and a half ago, I took a good six weeks off of running… I just didn’t have the motivation to get out there and pound out the miles. It made me a little sad because I felt like a fraud — running should be what I rely on when life gets tough and I need a stress reliever. But for me, it just wasn’t the thing.
The best part though? After a few weeks, my love for running came back… and with it, an awesome course PR at the 3M Half Marathon.
So yes, I think it’s just part of the sport that we fall out of love with running, and I don’t think that’s a terrible thing. It’s a hard sport… one that can be brutal on our bodies.Sometimes, a break is necessary. And it’s one we should enjoy as we try to find what’s next, whether or not that includes the sport.
I can’t believe that we are less than two weeks away from the Boston Marathon. How in the world did this happen!? My long run yesterday was not my favorite —> I feel like my legs were a little mad at me (rude). But, I’d rather that run feel like it than marathon day.
Here are what my runs looked like:
Tu: rest day
We: Easy 5 miles (10:06 avg pace)
Th: 8 miles with 5x600m sprints at 5k pace with 90 seconds jog (8:58 avg pace)
Fr: rest day
Sa: 4 miles with 6x100m stride outs (9:28 avg pace)
Su: 10k at 8:05 avg pace
Mo: 16 miles at 9:05 avg pace
Total: 39 miles
This week, I have a nice 10 miler with my sister to look forward to (I’ll tack on two miles at the end to make it my 12 for the day). And in between? Lots of naps and sleep… 🙂
Have you ever “broken” up with running? Why?
Do you think you’ll always love to run?
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