Shifting my relationship with Running

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 …

 

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Running, let’s have a talk…

 

 

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?

 

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    October 15, 2014, 7:34 am

    I think its natural that we shift our exercise priorities.. We do it in all other areas of our lives. We have certain goals in one area and once completed, we maybe do something else instead or do more of something and less of the other. It is definitely a challenge to stick with long distances when life does its crazy thing. 🙂
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      October 15, 2014, 8:04 pm

      Yes it’s timing and a time and place for sure

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    October 15, 2014, 7:38 am

    Busy lives make way for different choices and I think you are really wise to make a change with your running. Unless you enjoy the training, longer distance races take their toll between time for training not to mention recovery. You do a fantastic job on your fitness, better than most, so continue what you do and love!
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      October 15, 2014, 8:04 pm

      Aw thanks Pam, I do love my cross training right?

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    October 15, 2014, 7:46 am

    I’m right there with you girl…sounds like you’ve really listened to your body and heart! Change is good. 🙂
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      October 15, 2014, 8:04 pm

      Yes we’re definitely in the same boat!

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    October 15, 2014, 7:47 am

    When I compare my body type per & post running I was actually much more ‘fit’ before I started running 40+ miles a week. I miss that! I’m very addicted to the long slow run though, and medals, so I think it will still be my #1 focus but I need to supplement it with more strength training for sure.

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      October 15, 2014, 8:04 pm

      If I didn’t get hurt so often I would be game, but I feel like I can’t afford to get hurt especially right now lol

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    October 15, 2014, 7:53 am

    I hear you, loud and clear. I am actually kind of going through the same thing right now. Although I think I need to take a step back, find the joy in just running again, rather than obsessing over my performance. Thanks for being so honest and open with us Katrina. Everything happens for a reason, and relationships need to continue to evolve….even with our exercise!
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      October 15, 2014, 8:03 pm

      You’re such the machine girlie!

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    October 15, 2014, 8:19 am

    Constantly in training mode is tough not just physically but mentally exhausting as well. After my first where I trained by that stupid schedule as if I was going to not be able to cross the finish line otherwise, I suddenly found myself dreading running. Ugh, another x miles that I HAVE to do and speedwork again? Gah. I went from running 5 days a week to running maybe 2 days and only a handful of miles. In a way, it was a nice shift though looking back. When I started running again, I learned to appreciate it more and stop with the constant training mode. I think you can be in race shape without having to train all.the.time. You know?

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      October 15, 2014, 8:03 pm

      You’re doing so awesome too Heather!

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    October 15, 2014, 9:11 am

    There’s nothing wrong with shifting your running around. You have to do what’s best for your body!
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    October 15, 2014, 9:20 am

    You should only do things that you love, and if you aren’t loving running at the moment then there’s no issue with you shifting your fitness priorities. You’re so dedicated and focused on fitness, and in the end, this shift is going to make you that much stronger. And who know, maybe after a break you’ll rediscover your passion for running and want to make another shift!
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    October 15, 2014, 9:22 am

    With anything, we go through different phases in our lives and our priorities change. Most people are afraid to admit that they need take a step back and reevaluate their lives – their wants vs. needs. It’s very brave for you to admit this and you will feel emotionally stronger for it.

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    October 15, 2014, 9:38 am

    I have had the same talk. Ive been running for 10 years now…and its just taken a very big toll on me as well. Not being able to run as much the past 2 years due to moving up North, and now back home in the South, my health goals and LIFE/HAPPINESS goals don’t really have much room for all that training. 5ks and 10ks once I get done with these halfs I have coming up through January and then yep…me too. Its me not you (running).

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      October 15, 2014, 8:02 pm

      Oh wow that’s such a long time!

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    October 15, 2014, 9:53 am

    Being in constant training mode would take a toll on anyone. I have only been training for one season and my body already is hating me at times. I think re-evaluating your relationship is a good thing and a little break from something you spent so much time with isn’t a bad thing- it will give you room to grow and discover in other areas! 🙂
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      October 15, 2014, 8:02 pm

      Yea my body was DONE

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    October 15, 2014, 10:01 am

    Kudos to you for looking at your fitness goals and how different training affects you and figuring out what makes you happy. That’s what happened with me and triathlons this year. I was selected to be on a tri race team and felt pressure to so some tris, but I really wanted to just run and training for those was really going to hinder my goals. So I broke up with swimming and biking this year 🙂 Sometimes it can be hard to let go of some things, but if it makes us happier and healthier it’s worth it. Thanks for this post! xo

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      October 15, 2014, 8:02 pm

      Thanks Jes! I noticed that!

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    October 15, 2014, 10:06 am

    I’m ready to take a break from all the running training once this marathon is over (in just a few days) but I’m such a bling whore and love the race environment that I don’t think I could ever give that part up completely. Around here, that means 1/2 marathons or longer because there is never bling for the short races unless you place, which I will never do. I think you were smart to listen to your body and there’s definitely nothing wrong in a change of mindset. Maybe if I had more of the other “stuff” workout-wise, I wouldn’t feel like I needed to run as much as I do.
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      October 15, 2014, 8:01 pm

      You’ll be taking a well-deserved break for sure Bari!

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    October 15, 2014, 10:13 am

    I always wonder how people fit it all in. You did the right thing to re-adjust your priorities to do the things that really motivate you. Glad you and running are still friends and don’t have hard feelings 😉
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    October 15, 2014, 10:19 am

    You are so wonderfully smart with teaching others how to listen to their intuition with working out. I think it’s something that really takes a back seat for many who feel like they must just keep going with whatever they are doing. I had to have that heart to heart about intense workouts because they were just leaving me too fatigued.
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    October 15, 2014, 12:13 pm

    You know I’m all runner/all the time, but…I totally appreciate where you are coming from and especially respect that you have recognized the need for change. Enjoy the new approach!
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      October 15, 2014, 8:00 pm

      For sure girlie, thank you!

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    October 15, 2014, 12:31 pm

    Katrina, this post is so speaking right at me and perfect timing. I have just been going through my own head about where I want to take my running. Since a hip flexor injury has had me down for a month now, I have been re-thinking my running goals and plans. I was totally doing the same ….mud runs, 5ks, half marathon, then more half to train for, then better time, etc. I am 47 and need to listen to my body. I have two 5ks this weekend back to back and that might be a bit much. Wow, I am so glad I stumbled upon this post 🙂
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      October 15, 2014, 8:00 pm

      aw girl, thanks for reading! We have to definitely listen to our bodies!

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    October 15, 2014, 12:39 pm

    I totally fell out of love with running after my half marathon. I didn’t like running because I had to – and I didn’t run again for about a year after that. Now I run when I feel like it!
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      October 15, 2014, 7:59 pm

      Time off definitely helps right?

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    October 15, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Good for you for doing what’s right for your body!
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    October 15, 2014, 3:28 pm

    It happens I think we all go through phases of running sometimes I’m all about it and other times I’m take it or leave it. I also get crazy workout ADD and need to take a break with things to fully enjoy them when I come back. I just joined a running group and am in a swing up right now with running. You’ll be back give it time.
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      October 15, 2014, 7:59 pm

      Yup, not worried at all!

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    October 16, 2014, 6:35 am

    I love running so much more when I don’t focus on numbers. I love running with the flow. That said, I go in and out of running…and I’m a-okay with that 🙂
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    October 16, 2014, 6:36 am

    A shift with running for sure. One time running 13 half marathons in 2013 and PRs to my recent proudest running moment. I will always be a runner. That I know for sure. How that looks is ever evolving.
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    October 16, 2014, 7:29 am

    […] feel like I’m back in a groove for workouts. Katrina wrote a great piece this week about her shifting relationship with running. Meanwhile I’m jumping RIGHT back into the running scene. I’ve been away for a while […]

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    October 16, 2014, 9:23 am

    These are exactly the reasons why I haven’t thrown my hat into a full marathon yet. I would love to run one some day but the training commitment is more than I willing to do at this time.
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    October 16, 2014, 10:34 am

    Totally normal to shift priorities between things in life and that includes types of exercise. I think this will allow you to focus on what’s best for you and what you get the most out of. You are so awesome with strength training, insanity, PiYO, all of that! You’re also an awesome runner but totally clear YOU personally get more benefit physically and emotionally from the other stuff. I’m the one who gets more out of running- but that’s the beauty of each and every person needing different things! 🙂
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    October 16, 2014, 11:27 am

    Love this. So much. “We” need to have that talk as well and I was just thinking we’re not breaking up, either, but something has definitely shifted!
    Good for you!!
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      October 17, 2014, 4:21 pm

      Aw he’ll understand 😉

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    October 16, 2014, 2:37 pm

    definitely can relate! My goals have changed from when I started running 2 years and like you had to have a heart to heart with myself. Wishing you well on whatever runs ahead!
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      October 17, 2014, 4:20 pm

      Thank you the same to you!

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    October 17, 2014, 8:22 am

    I totally understand. I have gone through running “seasons” too. I’ve gone from long distance overload to 5K PR training to a current “running detox.” I still love running but it is nice to run just to run these days.
    Great post and love your blog!

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    October 18, 2014, 4:39 am

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    October 19, 2014, 8:48 pm

    I LOVE THIS. As a runner, I’m happy that running and racing has grown so much, especially for women. However I feel that sometimes everyone feels the need to run and race half marathons and do all these things. Running isn’t the end all be all of fitness. If you don’t love it, go find another active hobby or sport that you DO love!
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    October 20, 2014, 1:51 pm

    I am a running newborn so I want to run ALL the races lol, however I have a specific five races I want to run next year and that is the five borough races and that is really for me to get to know the city I love just a little bit more. I like PRs, but they don’t excite me…I also have slacked horribly on my strength training and other exercises…but I have righted the ship and hopefully I can find more of a balance. Thank you for sharing your heart to heart here with us, you are a rockstar my friend! <3
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      October 21, 2014, 11:16 am

      Thanks so much girl! xo

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