Starting over with running

It’s hard for me to believe that there would ever come a point in time that I would not only be a runner, but be a runner so much that I actually got tired of it. Wow! It’s amazing how much your life can change when you change your priorities.

But that time has come for me again. I say again because this isn’t the first time I took a break from running. In 2009, I actually walked the Kentucky Derby Festival mini-Marathon and you know what? That’s hard too! It was an entirely different experience and I’m so glad I did it.

This time, it was more or less, I just haven’t felt like running lately. Back in June, we hit the 90 degree mark and have had too many super hot and humid days to even think about running outside (for me). The treadmill was not calling my name either. So I decided, so what? I will take a break. Do some other workouts I enjoy, no big deal.

I noticed that I didn’t really miss running. I also didn’t miss the major appetite it gave me that sometimes caused me to eat too much. I didn’t miss the achy hips or tiredness I sometimes get. ย I especially did not miss getting up early on Saturday mornings for races (hehe).

In July, we closed on our new home and started going through the seemingly never-ending process of packing, painting, moving, unpacking and so on. No time for running really and it was still too hot!

I really gave myself over to walking, yoga and some weight training. I even signed up for MyFitnessPal to make sure I’m still getting essential nutrients and to support some friends. And I have been feeling great! I don’t use a scale anymore but judging by my clothes, I’m a bit lighter. My moods are better and I have more energy to do things around the house and keep up with other responsibilities without being exhausted in the process.

Now, maybe running is not entirely to blame for this. I think I just needed a rest. Needed to slow things down a bit and get some perspective.

It’s been a couple of months now, the weather is cooling off and things are getting settled in my life again. I have decided I am ready to ease back into running. But nothing too crazy. I haven’t signed up for any races and while I do have hopes of someday ย running a marathon (such as my dream of doing the 2012 NYC Marathon with my good friend Mari), I’m not in a big hurry.

I actually have dreams of standing on the side lines for someone else soon! Anybody need a cheerleader? Or maybe I will volunteer to work at a race.

For now, I have decided to start from scratch, the way I originally “taught” myself how to run. With intervals!

Twice this week, and hopefully one more time before it’s over, I have “walk-jogged” 2.35 miles. I decided to start with running 1 minute for every 4 that I walk. I have really enjoyed it and it has been great to “feel out” running again. Next week, I will move up to 3 walking, 2 jogging and so on but again, I’m in no hurry to do too much. I just want to enjoy this ๐Ÿ™‚

About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on August 17, 2011, in running and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Way to keep at it Sarah. I used to love running before having back and knee problems, but I keep trying ( on a treadmill, which eases the impact). In fact, I’m back up to 2 miles straight (for the last couple of months) and yesterday I did 2 or 3 minutes of it on an 10 incline (while listening to Sweetest Goodbye for motivation). I’m kind of amazed I can still do it, especially when last week I was absolutely hating it after 5 minutes. I kept saying to myself – I’m too tired, I’ll just quit early, etc. But kept going. Your body can do so much more than your willpower is agreeable to many times.

  2. I know the feeling. I just started running again after a two month break. It’s amazing how 8 weeks away can really change your mindset about it. I used to be obsessed with going at least 3 miles a day, now I’m less strict. Good luck easing back in! Great post.

  3. Great perspective Sarah! I can relate, last summer I got so burnt out on running. I realized that I actually didn’t like running in the hot and humidity and having to deal with hydration. I was doing long runs every weekend and by the time the half came around in Oct I was so tired of running. After that half my running decreased greatly because I just needed a break.

  4. I really, really need to get back into a running groove. I just haven’t wanted to. I’m hoping to ease back into it too. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. i can understand this simply because I don’t like running anyway! Never have! lol! i do love a good speed walk or a short sprint, but enjoyment of running has always alluded me.
    I hope you can find a happy medium that helps you achieve your fitness goals ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I understand the need for a break from running now and again. I’m due with my first baby and haven’t run in months, and while I now miss running a LOT, I also know I needed a bit of a break. Now I can’t wait to get back into it!

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