Dear Running…It’s Not You, It’s Me

Dear Running, 

We’ve been on a break for about 10 days now and I’ve really been enjoying it. It’s not you- it’s me. I’m just not excited about going out for a run anymore. Every time I went to look at my training plan or get dressed for a run, I’d find myself dreading the miles ahead. Despite normally being excited to get out for a good run, I felt stifled, as if every run was draining my energy. 

My sleep the other night was fragmented and restless. 

This may be because I haven’t been sleeping too well, but for some reason I’m still enjoying other workouts, like my OCR bootcamp I’ve been attending. I’m liking strength training and metabolic conditioning more now than I ever have. 

Maybe I burned myself out. Since November I’ve been training pretty hard- I’ve had back to back races of varying distances and have pushed myself in almost every race I’ve done to beat my previous time or PR. Maybe that’s what did it for me- I had set the bar too high and lost my enthusiasm for running. Combined with my second job and the lack of sleep I’ve been getting, maybe my body just needs a break. 

They say running is a lifelong sport, and I agree. I know you will be here for me when I decide it’s time to return to running more regularly. For now, I think I will keep doing the bootcamp and strength training- it’s important to enjoy your workouts so you can get the full benefits of each session. Don’t worry, running, I’ll get back to you eventually. 

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6 thoughts on “Dear Running…It’s Not You, It’s Me”

  1. I’ve been feeling the same way about being burned out on running. But I’m fine with it and just making sure I remain active in some way. And I think I’m going to try going for a couple runs without my Garmin and just for run, no times to look at. We’ll see if that helps 🙂
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    1. I’ve made peace with it as well. This happens to me about once a year. Just need to keep things fresh!

    1. I think what happened to you happened to me…I pushed myself a little too hard and got bored with it. I’m still really into OCR but unfortunately that isn’t back in the area until September. Typically taking a short break works well for me…eventually I miss it and get back into it!

    1. For the first time in a while strength training has been fun for me! Hopefully you find its fun for you too after Big Sur!

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