Confession: I haven’t been running for over a week. In fact, I’m not really sure how many days it’s been. It could be two weeks.
I know! Some of you would rather run in a cotton t-shirt and sweatpants in a summer downpour in Florida than skip a single day of running, and I totally get it. (See last post.)
I used think running (a lot of running), was the best exercise for me, both mentally and physically. Running was my therapy.
But, after seven years of consistent running, that has changed. And I’m not worried about it.
Listen, I still need my therapy. Let’s not think I can just exist in a civil way in this world without some sort of workout in my day.
It’s just that now I can have my session with any type of exercise. It doesn’t have to be running anymore.
Most days it’s lifting weights and going for a really long walk. Other days, maybe it’s just a walk or a hike or playing soccer with my kid.
Right now, I’m not feeling the running. But I know it will be back. I think that’s the secret to a long, healthy relationship with running. Sometimes, you need to take a break from it.
I’ve had breaks before. After some recreational running in college (okay, fine, it was to work off pizza and beer), I stopped. I didn’t run for several years until a wedding proposal suddenly inspired me to find my Nikes. And then I stopped again for several years after that. I only got going again after my son was born.
Running will always be there, and I know I will be back at it eventually. I’m still a runner at heart…literally. My doctor was worried about my very low resting heart rate until I mentioned that I run, or, at least, I used to.
I don’t think the break will be that long this time. Running is too much a part of my life now. But until I go back, general exercise will be my therapy. And, if you’ll excuse me, I really don’t like to miss my appointments.
Kerrie Turcic is a runner from Maple Valley, Wash. Kerrie is currently a copywriter by day, and also a