Relationships are living, breathing things. We grow and change. We are not the same people today that we were last year. Like you need a blog to tell you that. So why is it so hard to accept that our relationship to running, or any workout really, is also dynamic? I once told a friend that I was cutting back on marathons. The love just wasn’t there anymore. Her reaction was as if I’d told her I was allergic to chocolate. She kept assuring me I would bounce back. This was only temporary. I would be okay. Her advice was to sign up for more races until I found the love again. Well intended, but seriously misguided. I wasn’t complaining. I wasn’t lamenting the loss of my glory years. I wasn’t even quitting running. I just didn’t want to race. There was nothing deep and spiritual to read into this shift. I just didn’t wanna and that’s okay. I mean, I used to love those Brach’s circus peanuts and Kool-Aid. Give me those now and I’d literally gag.
This week’s Des. News column is intended to help you know if you’re in a running funk- if you need to take a step back or take a break. I also list a few things that help me transition into that break while maintaining my sanity.
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