I have to come clean. Ok here goes…I haven’t gone for a real run since well before the holidays. Phew, it feels good to get that off my chest!
If you remember, one of my 2012 goals is to run twice a week. And that just hasn’t happened yet. I could blame it on the very slight pain I still feel in my knee every now and then, or I could blame it on the fact that spin class leaves my quads burning. But those are just excuses.
I think the real reason I haven’t been running is because I don’t want to start from scratch and build myself up again.
Once upon a time, I used to run all the time. It was what I did (albeit not very fast). I loved how it made me sweat buckets. I loved how accomplished I felt after a good run. I truly loved the runner’s high.
But somewhere along the way, I lost my groove. I got tired. Honestly, I gave up on running. And in a way, running gave up on me. And now, I don’t feel like I’m any good at it. I know that sounds crazy because anyone can put on some sneakers and go for a run, but I don’t just want to run just for the sake of it, I want to be passionate about running again.
It’s so easy to read healthy living blogs and compare yourself to others who run like it’s nobody’s business. I mean these people crank out 5-8 mile runs 4-5 times a week.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to be like everyone else. In fact, I’ve filled the running void with other fun (and intense) workouts like spinning, Zumba, and strength training. And I’m having a blast. I actually look forward to getting up early and attending classes at my gym.
But, I miss running – I miss the sweat, I miss the feeling, and I miss the high. I miss it so much that I’m going to put my pride aside and build myself up again.
So here’s the plan. Since I’ve kind of fallen in love with spin and Zumba, I’m going to keep up with those workouts. I’m also going to strive for two strength workouts a week – one long and one short. And I’m going to reintroduce running into my weekly routine via the Galloway method. The Galloway method is all about alternating running and walking while ultimately building up to more running and less walking. I found a 5k training plan online that is everything I’m looking for – a few days a week dedicated to running and a few days for cross training and strength.
I’m so excited. And although I won’t be the fastest or the one that goes the furthest, I’ll still be a runner and a damn proud one at that!
Do you consider yourself a runner? Have you ever been in a running slump? If so, how did you get out of it?