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In a Running Rut

I hate to admit this, but, I’ve been in a running rut lately. It started a couple weeks after I ran my half-marathon. I don’t feel the joy as much when I run anymore. I feel like it’s more of a chore, something that has to be done.

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Then again, I wasn’t much into running in the first place. I only ran to lose weight. It didn’t help that in 5th grade, my mom woke me up early so that I would go outside and run. She wanted me to lose weight. I still kept running, but I felt no joy. All I did was listen to music and run for a certain amount of time. Then, I’d be done with it for the day.

Then, I realized that I run a lot longer when I am really stressed. When I say really stressed, I mean, it was bad.  It has happened twice already. I ran a lot (longer than an hour), just so that I can take my mind off of things. Then, I complain about my thighs getting bulkier. That’s what happened with my half-marathon. I decided to run it to challenge myself and distract myself from the things. Hey, it requires a lot of time and dedication to train.

I put a fake front, saying that I love running. Who really loves running, anyway? People just do it to be healthy. Only a few people actually love running. I still do it. I still run a lot. But, I don’t know how I really feel about it. I still run around 20 miles a week, less than the 30 + miles from my half-marathon training.  I sometimes dread going for a run.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t ran on an actual pavement for a while. Maybe it is a bad idea to just run on the treadmill. It gets boring running on a treadmill. But, I don’t want to be brave enough and deal with the cold outside.

Even when I do run outside, I feel that my stamina has decreased since my half-marathon. My breathing gets harder faster and my heart beat goes up the roof sometimes. Add in the fact that my calves start to tighten up and my knees start hurting a bit, I don’t feel like running anymore.  But, I still push myself through. I know I shouldn’t though. That is what happened on Sunday.

I feel like I am ranting right now, but I just had to get it out. Do you guys have any ideas of how to get out of my running rut? Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! =)

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2 thoughts on “In a Running Rut

  1. YOU are more than welcome to rant on your blog! You make the rules, so go for it!
    I know a lot of people who train, train, train for sports – be it running, etc – and just get burnt out afterwards. Some people can kick themselves out of it, while others, like myself, just cannot seem to rid themselves of the funk! I say, if you want to keep on running, you don’t look at it as: OH I HAVE TO RUN X AMOUNT OF MILES in X TIME or else I won’t be good enough. Run because you want to clear your head from stress. Run because you know it’s good for you and you feel good afterwards. If anything, just walk! Walking is just as GOOD as running, if not better (better on your knees!) Don’t be hard on yourself. As you get older, your stamina will change, even if you’re training HARDER than you used to. I have noticed that I have had to decrease the resistance when I work out (on the elliptical) and I am completely okay with that. You must listen to your body, or else you might get hurt!!

    • Ahhh. Thanks, GiGi!
      You are right. Maybe I should start doing other exercises (that are less intense) and see how it goes. Walking is good and so is the elliptical. I just haven’t had access to a gym the past month. I’ll be going back starting next week once school starts back up.
      And, yea. I should try looking at running differently.
      Thanks again! =)

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