I have been asked a lot lately,
"Are you not running anymore?"
"Are you done with running?"
"Are you just cycling now?"
"Why don't you run anymore?"
"Do you still run?"
I think about this all the time. What exactly *is* going on here? Why don't I have a huge desire to run every day like I used to? I walk a ton, I hike a lot. I hardly run at all.
I will say that when I do run, I feel better than when I do anything else. I have said many times, "Hands down, running is still my favorite!" So, why don't I do it more?
When I had my foot surgery I was told I could run after eight weeks. I could, but I couldn't do it for very far. It was taking forever to build up my mileage and not running for the eight weeks was definitely showing up in my (lack of) cardio fitness level. Sure, I got up to six miles on the flat creek trail within a month or so and then I was doing eight at Garin a month or so after that. I even did an organized 10k event and a 9k event as well. But, I was a lot slower and it was a lot harder.
I got my bike checked out and tuned up and went for a ride. What I discovered was that I could go longer on my bike right away. Pedalling a bike was much easier on my foot than running was. SO, naturally I decided to pick an event and train for it. In the weeks of training I met some great women and it was fun to go further each week and see myself improve. It was exciting to share this with my new friends too. I found spin classes and got hooked on those too. Basically, I could now cycle to keep myself in shape since I wasn't able to run as much as I used to. Before I knew it, running was becoming more and more extinct in my life.
I have a 10k run this Saturday and a little 5-miler in two weeks. I'm looking forward to both. Have I trained? I think I can handle both of these without a problem. I know my heart belongs to running and I'm not willing to give it up. I may have to accept I won't be able to do as much as I used to when it comes to running. Or maybe I will surprise myself and realize the break did my body some good and I will be better than ever. One can hope, right?
I don't plan on giving up cycling yet though. I have registered for another century in May and am looking at a 100k in July and will probably be doing the Marin Century in August.
Thanks for listening.
04/19 - 1.25 mile walk, 2.75 mile walk
04/20 - 3 mile hike, Body Pump
04/21 - 60 minute bike ride, 1.25 mile walk
04/22 - 2.5 mile walk
04/23 - 3.25 mile hike
04/24 - 2 mile walk
04/25 - 1 mile walk, 2.5 mile walk
04/26 - 2.5 mile walk