I didn't think this could actually happen. Me? Fall out of love? But, it has been coming on for a few weeks now. And, I think I can say that I am not in love with running as much as I used to be. Or, at least, I should say, as addicted to running as I used to be.
I have not run any significant distance since the beginning of May, thanks to my lovely IT band. At first, I was worried I would go into a state of depression. And, at first, I think I was. But now, I have grown accustomed to NOT running. To finding other ways to exercise. To searching out new goals, physically, for myself. And I am happy. And I am not running. I did not think I could be both at the same time ;)
My husband has even asked my why I think I am so content NOT running right now, when, before I took it really hard. And I think it is because I have hit my major goals already. I have run two marathons, several half marathons. There are no races I have planned on and there are none I really want to run right now. And, I am finally getting more balance back to my exercise routines.
Since, I have all this extra time on my hands, I have given a lot of thought to what I miss and do not miss about running.
First, what I miss:
- Being able to head out the door for a run. A long run and enjoy being by myself. Listening to music on my ipod and enjoying nature.
- Getting lost in a run (Not ON a run!)
- Hitting new mileage on a run and feeling a sense of accomplishment.
- And there is nothing like pushing the pace past where you believe you can go!
- The endorphin rush (but the 60 min Insanity workout supplies a large amount of endorphins . . . . too bad I cannot do that for the next few weeks either . . . long story).
What I do not miss:
- Wearing my Garmin and constantly watching my pace.
- Feeling like I have to run
- Wondering if this run will be the run that I will return from injured
- Running in the heat
- Running in the cold rain
- Ice baths
- Going to the chiropractor weekly. I spend so much time there when running high mileage that I am probably paying for his kids' college educations!
Will I return to running? Of course!! I do miss it tons. But, I am hoping that this running hiatus is teaching me more about balance and learning to enjoy the run more. And, I am hoping that that balance will lead to less injury. A girl can dream, can't she?