The Break Up

I’m breaking up with running.


Over the past 5 years, running and I have certainly had our ups and downs. Running has been a great source of pride for me – from running 3 miles straight that very first time to PRing the Subaru Distance Classic last Thanksgiving. It’s frequently reminded me that my body is capable of so much more than I ever realized.

Over the past two months, our relationship started to turn toxic. I found myself dreading every single run, even though they were still solid runs. My pace was getting faster, but I just wasn’t feeling satisfied. I’ve had minor, annoying injuries, and I constantly felt like my body was screaming “Enough!” I had to hype myself up for every run – even during my favorite running season. That’s just not right, and I knew it. Not to mention the thought of running more than 3-5 miles made me want to jump in front of a bus (extreme exaggeration, I swear I’m not really suicidal).

So after this Thursday’s half marathon, I’m hanging up my running shoes for awhile. Since I’d go insane without working out, I’m diving into Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer. I’m on Day 3, and it’s definitely a nice change of routine. I have fitness oriented goals that have nothing to do with running for the first time in a very long time. It feels good.

This isn’t a permanent break up though. I know I’ll be back… eventually. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

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