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Making Decisions For Me

I’ve been thinking about my running a lot lately. Probably because people are so surprised when I tell them I’m not training for anything right now or, really, even running a lot at all. They are even a little shocked, which I found weird, until I started thinking more about it.

I’ve run 7 marathons over the last 2+ years. I blog about running. I talk about running. I wear running clothes more often than not. So I guess those reactions make total sense. I’m known as the “runner”.

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But after Disney I was burned out. I had hit my max. I stopped loving it like I used to.

And that’s OK. I am totally fine with it.

But even though I’m fine with it, I still get the itch to sign up for a race when I see others doing it. Almost like I’m “missing out” or something. It’s so silly. I should be making decisions based on what’s right for ME, not what others are doing.

Which makes me 100% confident that I made the right decision with running the Cleveland 10k this year. I’ve run the marathon, I’ve run the half (3 times), and I’ve even run the 10k. I was so tempted to sign up for the half marathon this year – heck, I even considered the full! – but instead of jumping into it without thinking (like I’m known for doing!), I actually thought about it ahead of time. And instead of being excited about training I kind of dreaded it. I knew right then and there that I shouldn’t be running more than the 10k.

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(after last year’s 10k!)

Who the hell am I?? I used to LOVE the 2+ hour runs once a week and spending week after week upping my mileage. It was such a rush! Now I dread any run over 45 minutes. Give me short and sweet. That’s where it’s at. At least for me. Right now.

And now, when I do run (about one to two times a week), I’m starting to fall in love with the sport all over again. I get that runners high that started me running in the first place! I’ve sure missed that feeling.

I’m pretty sure my marathon career isn’t over, it’s just “on hold” at the moment. A decision that I’ve made for me.

Have you ever had trouble making a decision for you, not based on what others were doing?

  1. March 27th, 2013 at 21:17 | #1

    I think it’s great that you’re going with your heart and not just doing something b/c you think it’s what is expected. With running, it should be because you love it first and foremost. Not because someone else expects you to be out there or expects you to be racing. I think you’re really enjoying the variation with crossfit too right now. Kind of a new focus, goal, thrill.

  2. March 27th, 2013 at 21:18 | #2

    Anytime you want to join me for the first 45 minutes…. you are more than welcome to!

  3. Mandy
    March 27th, 2013 at 21:20 | #3

    Do what you want to do sis! Im always so proud of you! :) xoxox

  4. March 27th, 2013 at 21:37 | #4

    I totally get this. I too find myself habituallysigning up for races, even though my heart is not in it. I proclaimed this 2013 the year of the 5k. Sometimes a break is perfect!

  5. March 27th, 2013 at 21:41 | #5

    I hear ya. I have been struggling with my training, injury issues, and not meeting my mileage. I signed up for 2 marathons this spring, back to back, and I think that is part of the reason my body is fighting me so much. But even as I work my hips and see doctors for injury, sometimes my heart doesnt feel in it. I’ve dropped back to the half for one of my marathons and I think I did the right thing. You’re doing great, you’ll be back before you know it!

  6. March 27th, 2013 at 23:27 | #6

    Yep, I’ve totally struggled with that. It’s something that I’ve been really pondering lately and will probably be posting about soon. I think that sometimes putting ourselves out there as bloggers makes it harder to decide what is right for us as opposed to what we think is expected of us!

  7. March 28th, 2013 at 07:00 | #7

    Good for you! Its definitely easy to think welllll everyone else is doing it, I should too. Sometimes you’ve got to step back and do whats best for YOU.

  8. March 28th, 2013 at 09:49 | #8

    That’s such a healthy way of thinking. You really know yourself. If you don’t like the activity you’re doing or it gets a little old, you get burned out, then it offers no reward and it’s like going to a bad job every day…the DREAD!
    You’re doing something that’s really keeping you fit and targeting other muscles – Crossfit. We all like to see you conquer those challenges so to heak with running for a while :)

  9. March 28th, 2013 at 10:21 | #9

    proud of you for making this decision for YOU! so important! you know you best!

  10. March 28th, 2013 at 12:10 | #10

    You have been crossfitting like a maniac lately so it’s no wonder you’re running a little less! Either way you are still a fitness queen Heather :).

  11. March 28th, 2013 at 15:11 | #11

    I think this is a perfect decision and transition/evolution of your fitness journey, my friend! ebbs and flows, and there is nothing wrong with that :)

  12. David V.
    March 28th, 2013 at 17:31 | #12

    I totally get where you’re coming from. I’m in the same boat (Coach ;-)

  13. March 28th, 2013 at 17:43 | #13

    let’s get some lazy runs in this spring and summer!

  14. March 28th, 2013 at 18:41 | #14

    I think I’ve taken over your desire to run more…who am I? I think it’s completely natural to get burned out on things. I love that you’re doing other things. Isn’t that what makes your body better…adapting to change. Otherwise, you stay stagnant. Enjoy where you are now!

  15. March 28th, 2013 at 21:25 | #15

    I’m happy to hear you made this decision…for YOU! :)

  16. March 29th, 2013 at 13:18 | #16

    I am in SO the same place right now — I’m only running between 2-4 times a week (usually closer to 3) and they are all short, fun, happy runs. And I’m only running when I WANT to, not because I need to or ‘have’ to but because I want to. And now every single mile, I seriously cherish SO SO much. And I’m totally not afraid that my endurance will plummet and I’ll suck as a runner — I have faith in my body that it’ll never forget the miles. and that’s all that matters. I run because I love it. JUST like you’re doing right this very moment. I LOVE this!!

  17. April 1st, 2013 at 11:02 | #17

    I think its easy to get burnt out when you have all that mileage to get through to train for a marathon. LOVE that you chose the 10k – and did what is right for YOU! :D

  18. April 1st, 2013 at 18:18 | #18

    I know so many people (including myself) who can relate to this – we can’t always be going for the full! I didn’t last year and got so much crap from my running club. Again this year, people ask why I am not doing a full. Sigh. I don’t want to!

    Happy you found that runner’s high again!

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