Falling Back In Love with Running

Lately I have had no motivation to run. I posted on facebook about wanting a plan for a half marathon and tons of you were amazing with all the suggestions you provided. THANKS :)

I haven’t decided on a plan yet, as I am trying to incorporate a few of them, plus strength training to make a plan that is specifically me. I have also decided to plug in my injured 10k time to calculate all my training paces. I am so sick of not truly accepting that I am now slow.

There. I said it. I’m slow. I’m not fast. There is no way I will finish a half marathon in under 2 and 1/2 hours…..maybe it’ll take me over 3hrs….I’m OK with this :)

sigh :) I feel better.

There are worse things….. your son could hand you a glass and tell you he peed…

Anyway, I don’t know why I haven’t had much desire to run – maybe the heat? but I do own a treadmill…..however, I hate that even more. I am hoping a plan that actually caters to my current skill level will help me get out of this rut. 

I am also thinking about volunteering at a couple small races just to rekindle that desire for running :)

As I was searching for ways to do just that – rekindle a running relationship. I came across this amazing article and I thought I’d summarize it here for anyone that maybe feels the same way I do.

We need to provide the following things in a relationship to keep it going strong:

  1. Communication – you should be listening to your body and not masking injuries. If you find yourself making excuses not to run, ask yourself why that is. One quote that I loved in this section applied to people that were exhausted (like me) “This clearly means you’re overdoing it. “A healthy relationship leaves you energized,” says De Villers. “An unhealthy relationship leaves you drained.” take some time off
  2. Respect – Don’t run more than you can handle, don’t increase millage too fast and don’t disregard what your runs are telling you. Show running the respect it deserves, and it will treat you right.
  3. Spontaneity –  You must be creative enough to break out of ruts,” says De Villers. “If a relationship has become too predictable, that’s where the contempt comes in. Run a new trail, switch the time you go for a run, run with a new group, sign up for a new race distance or just plain change the run – add a tempo or speedwork.
  4. Romance – rekindle that running desire with some new gear. Add some day dreaming to your life by fantasizing about what your run will be like when you get home. Take a running vacation.
  5. Quality Time – Remember to enjoy running for the time away it provides you, and what your body is actually doing. Too many runners heap on the miles, setting themselves up to see running as nothing more than a number in the logbook. No wonder they fall out of love; what kind of relationship is that? take the garmin off and enjoy a “naked” run :)
  6. Flexibility – Don’t set yourself and expectations up to fail. You can allow yourself a rest day even if it’s not on your training schedule. If plans are too ridged they become less fun. Make sure the majority of your runs leave you feeling good and don’t be afraid to change the pace, the distance or to skip a run completely. Running should bend to accommodate your life-not vice versa.”
  7. Appreciation – Remember why you run and think about it daily. Don’t forget that we are all lucky enough to be able to run and don’t take it for granted. When she tried to run again, she was plagued by a series of injuries. Four months later, healthy and with a new training partner, Stanley-McIntosh finally resumed her running. “Now, when someone asks me why I run,” she says, “I reply, ‘Because I can.'”
  8. Spread the Love – (I know I loved the title) – remember you can always give back to the running community to spark interest. Volunteer at a race or for a charity. It also helps people that tend to race a lot to view their competitors as people that are helping you preform at your best. Don’t live from one PR to the next because eventually they may not come as frequently. The initial thrill of the beginning runner inevitably fades. You can’t stay gaga forever. The good news is that beneath the infatuation is something even better, more mature, and ultimately more rewarding-a love that will sustain you for years to come.

I feel exactly like the thrill of being a runner has faded for me and now I’m searching through my true self wondering where I’m heading next and whether running is a part of that or not. The good news is that it most definitely is :)

* ya, more car shots – I’m the coolest. 

I went for a run yesterday with Leah and it was amazing! I felt great to get out there and really do believe that if I can create a plan and accept my slow pace, I’ll be alright. I do know now that I want to run less. I definitely have fallen in love with other forms of fitness and I think being injured just helped me see that there is much more to life than cardio in the form of running and that maybe I just needed to go back to basics and accept and respect the run for what it is – a run. Now I hope I’ll can enjoy it :)

*don’t worry I didn’t run in flip flops again…..I just change out of my runners ASAP in the hot heat :) 

I’ll post the final half-marathon plan on my training page when it’s ready :) Thanks to everyone for all of your continued support. I can’t believe how much being a part of this community has taught me and I value your opinions and comments more than you’ll ever know 😀 xo

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Questions:

1. have you ever fallen out of love with running? are you loving it right now?

2. what helps you in your relationships? whether it be personal or physical

3. anyone race this weekend??


 

 

29 thoughts on “Falling Back In Love with Running

  1. You would be suprised in how fast you will run a HM. You are way faster then me and I finished my first one in 2:26. Not bad for a slow runner. My second one I did it in 2:23.
    You know my saying, “I love to run but I am not in love with running”

  2. I am three weeks into a smart coach full marathon plan. I love it. You only run four days a week, you pick your weekly miles and you input your speed. So far I am really enjoying it, and I am super slow but this plan lets me be :)

    Hope you find a plan that works for you soon!

    • That’s awesome news Amanda :) I’m using smart coach as my base plan (because of the awesome paces it spits out) and adding strength and cross training. I’m almost done and I’m really excited. This week it has my “long” run at 4-5miles and I think that’s a PERFECT starting place for me at this current level of low or no millage :)

  3. When I trained for my half, I only ran 3 times a week and by the time I got to the half I could run the whole thing. I honestly think 3 times is enough. One day-speed intervals, one day-tempo and one day- long easy run. But I know what it’s like to fall out of love with running and for me I always need to take time off and try something new, like group classes. That’s also the nice thing about running 3 days, you have the freedom to try some great cross training! I definitely don’t love running when I get up to my long runs, though. I always come back and tell my husband not to let me do it again. Then, of course I’m out there the next week. I really only love running after a great run or after a race! Good luck. Have you picked a half to run yet?

    • Erika that’s great! I also like running only 3 or 4 times a week and plan on getting rid of those “wasted” miles. I actually LOVE long runs because they’re slow :) I love running slow. lol

      I am deciding between the niagara international half marathon or the scotiabank waterfront one. Both are in October meaning my 12 week plans would start in 2 weeks time :)

  4. Did you go to McMillan for your training paces? I LOVE his site for getting paces right. Also, remember if you have a 16-18 week training plan, then you’ll be able to increase your speed if you follow a tempo based approach to two shorter runs per week. Tempo paces usually increase every sixish weeks meaning that your race pace does as well. When I started to train for my first HM, my target race pace was 6:50/km. I followed the training plan, increased my tempo paces and ended up running a 6:23/km HM (target finish time 2:15:00 – I finished in 2:13:50). You CAN do it in as little as four runs per week.

    I get sick of running SOOOO much at times, but I always love it. I love to do it and that’s WHY I do it. It is a sport that I’ve found that I enjoy and it allows me to balance the other things I enjoy as well (food, booze, nice clothes). I’m loving the fact that I’m still in the getting faster phase as well. I’m also gaining confidence as a solo runner in terms of long, long solo runs, but still love running with friends.

    No races until Aug 18th.

    I’m thinking of doing the Niagara half… you should look into it if you’re serious about doing one this fall. It is a nice course.

    • Nic! That is my current TOP PICK for halfs :) it’s between that one and scotia, as the both fall in the fall. I am planning on using a 12 week training plan. I hope to run 3-4 times a week. I plan on alternating speedwork and tempo runs weekly. I have used the Mcmillan calculator to get my target paces and to be honest I was SHOCKED at how much slower I should be going. It’s been hard but I’m going to force myself to save the speed for the speed work outs 😉

      I’d love to see you if I do sign up for that half!!!!!!

  5. I definitely get in ruts about running sometimes. But then I look at people who can’t run, either from an injury, or even a disability, and realize how lucky I am to run. That usually does it : )

  6. that is such a great way to look at it, I love the relationship points and wish everyone could read that.I hate when people feel like they ‘have’ to work out a certain way when in reality they should find what works for them.

  7. First of all, you are NOT slow! Get THAT out of your head right this second or I am driving across the border and making you realize it. We all progress, and regress, differently. You were injured and you will start to notice improvement again, it might not be until the fall when the weather is cooler but you will improve!

    I LOVE that you want to volunteer at some races, Mike and I loved volunteering! It will definitely help you fall back in love with running.

    I also think that you should have a plan with cross-training/strength training since you are injury prone. I have been feeling so much better with our last two plans since we have had so much cross-training. It helps work different muscles and gives your running muscles a break. If you want help developing a plan let me know!

  8. I only run 4 times a week too, sometimes I get in a short 5th run, but I think those rest days are so important to avoid getting injuries. I ran my first marathon yesterday and right now am taking a rest week. :) I hope it makes me want to run again because right now I am ready for a break. (even as I am planning my next race)

    I used SmartCoach for my marathon, sort of, and taylor it to my needs and how it can fit into my life.

  9. I really like the training plans in the book, Run Less, Run Faster. You only run 3x per week and each run has a specific purpose. Sometimes I get bored of my runs since it feels like I’m just doing the same thing over and over again. But these runs helped me stay focused and motivated. It also prescribes 2-3 days of cross training/weight lifting (good to break up the monotony of just running). Plus, it’ll help with speed! Good luck on whichever path you choose!

  10. I accepted my slowness – and I am getting faster – albeit slowly because I don’t want to reinjure myself. My running partner hates other types of working out – which I don’t understand – you should love running but you should love being fit and working out even more! I love all strength and other types of cardio and ensure to incorporate them as much as possible!

    • meghan the plans you sent me were awesome and I’ll totally be incorporating some of it into mine :) and I agree. When I first started running I got so addicted I’d only run……and BAM! injury!!!

  11. So glad you still have the fire:) I have fallen out of love with running before after training and running my first full marathon in 2004. It took a little while to get back into the swing of things, but now I am back with a renewed passion. I think switching things up helps in running and other things in life:) Speedwork, hills, etc helps keep things interesting. I did race this weekend and got a 5k PR! Woohoo! Have a great day:)

  12. i have to say-my last half was so hard that i have fallen out ( a little) in love with running, but I am excited for holiday runs, runs where you have energy and feel good at the start and end. new music and new outfits help the relationship!

  13. i love the last point about spreading the love! volunteering really got me excited about running again and it was a blast to see everyone else working for and achieving their goals! i also love the point about growing into a more mature runner! so cool! and such a good message. i think that the half marathon training will be a fun and exciting new goal! excited to see how it goes for you!

  14. I don’t know if I ever fall out of love but there are times when I get sore from it or hurt that I get bland on it. I love life with swimming and biking and running. Just more to the mix. It’s not just run, run, run.

  15. I fall in and out of love with it, but I usually love it when I have a goal that I’m shooting for. Now, training for my first marathon, every new long run is a PDR for me, and that is totally fueling my running fire :) Just need to find out what that thing is that’ll keep ya going!

  16. I’ve had times when I’ve stopped running in the past because it just wasn’t sustainable with what was happening with work and family. But I never stopped being active – either just walking or going to the gym. Running, though will always be my first love. It’s what grounds my life when other stuff is giving me grief. And I will run for as long as this body lets me.

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