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Is it a love/hate thing, or am I just insane?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 relationship with running. I seriously don't remember whether I ever truly loved running. I do know that sometimes I hate it a lot.

Today was a scheduled run day, and I really didn't want to do it. As of late, any issue with weather makes it REALLY hard for me to make myself run. Today's problem was overall greyness. The temps were fine, no precipitation, just a cloudy gray day. Maybe I'm just sick of the sun being on vacation. I don't know.

Good news is, I made myself do it. The best part of the run? Being DONE. Hopefully Thursday's run won't cause me such angst. It will be a TM run, which for some reason I'm having an easier time with than outdoor runs these days. Yes...I am bizarre...

One thing I know for sure. When the marathon is done, I'm going to take a break from running. The thing I loved about my training plan (slow, gradual increase of mileage) is also the thing I've hated about the training plan (it has been going on for half a year!). Wonder what adventure I'll go on next. 100 miles bike rides? Maybe...
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  • KLONG8
    Well, you always have to assume insanity is part of it. emoticon But I empathize. I never liked running. There would be the occasion where it sort of worked and I always felt fantastic after I completed my run. But I never loved it. You are in the midst of a huge training program with an awesome goal and that's amazing. But if you switch once done to biking? Well, that might be just the thing. Did I mention I LOVE biking?

    Go Ninja Linda!
    1345 days ago
  • 4EVER21B
    Hmmm...biking?! 100 miles?! Why not! Go for it! emoticon
    1349 days ago
    sorry your not enjoying running it should be fun I'd do 1/2 marathons because of feet issues and I really don't think I want to run for 5 hours so 1/2 s work for me now a 100 mile ride sounds great want to do one of those soon I'll have to look at training have you done one before?
    1353 days ago
    Congratulations on getting out there and getting the run done.

    I've been using my TM a lot this winter because of the weather, so I can relate to TM runs being easier to deal with.

    You are doing great!
    1354 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Catherine asked a very good question. I remember my first 5K was a challenge I embraced for my health and to finish. My first Half repeated the same goals. Both times I was excited even through the training! I just completed my first 10K this past Saturday out of distance curiosity and I embraced it! DSSECRETS & I found we loved the distance. I tell everyone not to look at running as a chore. To me, it's a part of my lifestyle. I love the fact that I can say "I'm a runner!" BUT, I believe the bottom line is that YOU do what you enjoy.

    1354 days ago
    I sympathise - and I'm not training for anything near as long as a marathon! I think it is the build up of stress as you get close to an event, and "want to" becomes "have to." Try some visualization of you triumphantly running through that finish line - what an awesome feeling that will be!! Call on that inner-athlete and persevere!!! emoticon
    1355 days ago
    Very good blog and you may feel differently about running once you have finished your marathon. Great that you got your run in today anyway! One thing that helps getting past the hate of running, is when an injury sidelines you and you can't run. That is an even worse feeling! I hope that never happens to you though.

    Wishing you the best! Keep it up!
    1355 days ago
    Funny, I'm having a hard time getting myself outdoors to run lately. The temperature definately has something to do with it, but even where I see the temperature at my tolerance level I have to really push myself out there. But...on the treadmill the head games are worse and the head often wins and I end up doing more interval run/walk than I've ever done before. I've been thinking maybe I need more races? I don't know. Still though, I'm never sorry after I'm done... emoticon
    1355 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Century bike ride in your future, totally doable! Go for it! emoticon
    1355 days ago
    Why are you doing this marathon?
    1355 days ago
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