It’s Been About a Year….

Since I’ve considered myself a *runner*.

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In the spring of last year, I broke up with running and bid adieu to races, structured training plans and a whole lot of pressure.

I had ran two half marathons and a boatload of other races, but a few things made me realize that maybe running wasn’t my cup of tea.

I injured myself, which was a huge wake-up call that I was overtraining, and also knew that my favorite running buddy would be gone the rest of the year.

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Thinking about long runs without him *could* have motivated me to tackle them on my own (or with a friend), but instead made me dread them.

What I miss about running:

The silence and calm… it was amazing “me” time and a great chance to think

MY OTHER VIDEOS

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Extra carbs!

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(Instead of one of two piece of roti, I’d happily enjoy a whole basket)

New running shoes 🙂

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Races

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What I DON’T miss about running:

Ice baths!!!!

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The whole “training” part

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Competing against myself.

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Running brought out a different layer of my Type A and perfectionist personality. Every time I ran, I felt like I had to perform better than the last time, which quickly sucked a lot of the run out of it.

Since I quit running, I’ve discovered so many other things that I LOVE:

Insanity and TurboFire

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Strengthening my yoga practice

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DANCE TRANCE

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Bootcamps and Bodyrock

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and extra walks with my best four-legged friend.

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I have to admit that after reading the spring race re-caps that have been popping up everywhere, I’ve considered getting back into running. Then, after thinking about it, I decided that if I get the itch to run, I’ll do it for fun sans pressure and leave the Garmin at home… but take my favorite Pilot with me 😉

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Maybe running is your bread and butter and that’s what works for you. If that’s the case, awesome, and rock it out 🙂

Just a friendly little reminder to always listen to your body and do what’s best for YOU. There are a thousand workouts in the sea, and you’ll find one that you love and loves you back.

See ya later today!

xoxo

Gina

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122 Comments

  1. Lynn (The Cream Filling) on April 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

    How did I not see this post until now?!

    I absolutely, 100% agree with you in this post. While I have not broken up with running, I have broken up with competitive running. I quit track and I am so much happier now!

    I have had a hard time explaining it to people but this post just about sums it up. I am super Type A as well and competitive running was no bueno for me.

    Thank you so much for this post.

  2. Taylore on April 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I am so glad you posted something like this! I have tried running and have been doing it this year, but no matter what I do i just dread it. I am not one of those people who see it as a release, just pain. All of the blogs I read and friends I have swear by running. I’m glad I’m not alone. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2011 at 12:03 am

      not alone at all! 🙂

  3. Kelly on July 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Love this post… It’s something nobody talks about! I have had trainers tell me to stop running and others tell me to run more. I feel like I love/hate running and honestly do it more because It’s more convenient than the gym at times. I do have my first half marathon coming up so I’ve got to get serious sometime…

  4. Leslie W on September 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I’m so jealous of people that enjoy running, and their bodies are so lean and beautiful. But, when I run even for 10 seconds, it feels so awkward and just…not right. I have super lax ligaments throughout, and it just feels awkward. I’d rather Zumba for an hour than run for 2 min. 🙁 I hate that! I would LOVE to try biking.

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