In 2010 I started my relationship with running and began to see the wonderful world of bibs and races and times and paces. I started to become addicted to the rush of racing and the sense of accomplishment that running gave me. Then, in 2012 I began to set some crazy ‘bucket list’ goals that ranged from completing my first half marathon, to making that a sub-2 half marathon, to completing 6 half marathons in 6 months, to daring to accomplish running a full marathon and doing so at the Marine Corps Marathon.
Shoot, 2013 was even dubbed the “Year of the Runcation or Racecation“!
Just as with any relationship, things started to change a bit this year. So, running and I kind of had a heart to heart lately …
I’ve been asked a lot lately “No races coming up?” … “Aren’t you going to run another marathon soon?” … “Why aren’t you running as much?”…”is something wrong?”
While I absolutely still LOVE running, I didn’t LOVE training FOR longer races when life got crazy. Marathon training played a number on me, while running in 80-90 degree weather – AT 4-5am – in 90-100% humidity. I felt tired constantly and like I was eating ALL of the time. When I decided to start teaching and coaching and added that on top of a day job, training just seemed way too tough to blend in and I started to doubt my physical abilities when really it was all a TIMING thing.
Even this year, I have only done the Disney World Marathon weekend races of the 10k and Half marathon with no other races since except the Spartan. Since that time haven’t trained much [in regards to running] except recently when I increased mileage before prepping for the Women’s Half marathon – until that race was cancelled. I started to also feel some aches and pains – not necessarily all from running by any means but holy tendinitis- since I never really took an ‘off’ season from racing and running since 2012.
I took that as a sign.
Waking up at 4 or 5am and running set mileage each week started to take its toll on me. I had to re-evaluate my fitness goals and realized I needed to add back in more High Intensity Interval Training to focus on new goals. We can get more into Steady-State exercise versus HIIT training, but I wanted to go from burning aerobically to anaerobically to cause a shift in my body.
So, I will be running differently. I will throw in some 5ks here and there and some steady-state runs, but for the most part running will be PART of my circuit training and cardio as it’s sprinkled into my strength training days.
We had a nice talk, running and I, and we both realized we weren’t breaking up – we were just shifting our relationship a tad. We’re both okay with it and there’s no hard feelings.
Have you had to shift your relationship with a particular type of exercise before?