Taking A Break

After going hard for about three years with running, I’ve finally burned myself out. People said it was probably bound to happen at some point, but I really didn’t think it would happen to me! I considered myself a “lifer”. Well… then life stepped in and changed my mind. Perhaps it’s because my first two years of marriage were spent with me constantly watching my diet and making sure I got my runs in – and I feel like I missed out on some of the ‘fun’ of the first couple years of marriage. Heck, I even made sure to get a couple runs in on our honeymoon… in Mexico… in 100+ degree heat! Or maybe it’s because I’ve had to say “no” to so many plans because I was always putting my runs first — tell me if this sounds familiar: can’t be out late on a Friday night, even if a friend is in from out of town, because I have to get up early on Saturday and get my miles in! Or maybe it’s as simple as my body is just tired and wants a change. I can feel in my joints that running is just harder now – makes my knees ache more — uh, I’m 32, I am most certainly not looking to overdo it and have knee replacement surgery any time soon! Plus …. the worst part…. I don’t enjoy it like I used to — and that is NOT a good place to be.  I’m a runner – I LOVE running! Just lately it has been sooooo hard to get myself out the door, and even harder to enjoy it when I do manage to lace up.
The funny thing is, I struggled with this until a couple days ago. I was so frustrated and didn’t accept that I simply need a break. As a runner (and someone that’s only been distance running for three years), I felt like I was simply doing something wrong – or failing – by needing a break so “soon”. But you know what? I’ve got other things in life I want — I want a family, and to feel connected to my husband as a fully-dedicated wife, and I want to stop missing church on Sundays because of races, and I want to stop missing out on events with friends because of an early-morning run…. and it is TOTALLY okay to take a step back and focus on those things for a while! I think it’ll do me good. Not having any schedule looming over my head – or any “deadline” to be ready for. I’m hoping by taking some time off, I’ll find the joy in and love for running I felt before…. and really, the hope of finding that feeling again makes me actually look forward to this break :)


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CKline829 CKline829
My life centers around three things: Faith, Family, Fitness. Faith comes first -- without Christ, I am nothing! I pushed Him out of my life for quite a few years, and my life went down the drain quickly. Now that I've reconnected and recommitted to Him - life couldn't be better! Family -- My family has been with me through all the ups and downs in life, and they always will be. I'm incredibly close with all of them and I consider myself very fortunate for that :) Family isn't all blood, by the way -- I have many friends that I consider family as well! Fitness -- Need I say more?! ;) Living a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition (most days haha) and staying physically active has really helped me find self-respect. Being a large victim of self-doubt, I have used fitness to push myself beyond my mental boundaries and prove myself capable of far more than I tell myself I am! Now I'm simply addicted - I love the feeling of sore muscles, sweat pouring off my face, and being short of breath from a challenging workout! It's all about pushing new limits/taking on new challenges, but having fun on the way :) (even if that limit/challenge is, "Okay, take it easy for a bit, Woman!" haha)

2 Comments

  1. Randy MacGeorge Randy MacGeorge
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    You won’t remain burned out for very long, but you can take this clue from your body and your soul to put your running into perspective, as part of your life, and not the main priority in it. Check out Mitchell Hollis’ story at runforgod.com, and it may help you focus on running as a way to help and reach others, rather than an end in itself.

  2. CKline829 CKline829
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Randy, I’ll check the article out!

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