Tuesdays on the Run: Hardest part about running

by lachicaruns on

With apologies to Kenny Rogers, but sometimes you gotta know when to run ’em, know when to walk away.

And that, chicos y chicas, is the hardest part about running, the topic of today’s Tuesdays on the Run, hosted by runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice.

Here are some instances when I struggle with not running:

  1. Cross Training. My running plan right now calls for four days of running with one rest day and a couple of cross-training days. Yeah, about that. The rest day is easy. It’s whatever day I just don’t have time to run or have a  work or family commitment. It’s the non-running days when I just can’t make myself do what the plan calls for, whether it’s yoga or walking on the treadmill. I do it, but I don’t look forward to it and I certainly wish I were doing anything but. How do I get over it? I schedule it just like I do my runs and remind myself that it’s part of the plan.
  2. Injury. I am apparently injury-prone and accepting that I can’t always run the distance I had planned is a bit of a struggle. How do I get over it? I try to stick to my cross-training plan and make sure to schedule my appointments with Dr. Awesome for my manipulative medicine treatment.
  3. Friends’ plans. I do my long runs on Saturday mornings with a group of friends who are typically training for half, full or ultra marathons. It’s not unusual for me to plan a five- or six-mile run and end up doing, I don’t know, 10. This goes against the plan and probably increases my risk of injury. How do I get over it? This one’s a toughy. It’s so much more pleasant to run with my friends and I certainly want to support their goals. I’m still working on this one.
  4. Taper. Holy cow, no one warned me about tapering for my first half and I certainly suffered. While my closets were much more organized, I was a hot mess of nerves and energy. How do I get over it? I plan some fun activities that I don’t get to do when my mileage is at its peak, such as meeting up with friends for dinner, going to a movie at an actual theater without falling asleep and doing a bit of retail therapy.

It’s because I love running so much (translation: everything that surrounds running, such as my friends) that not doing it is the hardest part. It’s been a struggle to know when to take a step back to move forward, but I’ll just have to keep repeating my mantra “Trust the Plan” until I truly believe that it includes days without running to get me to the starting line in one piece.

How about you: What’s the hardest thing for you about running?

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.

12 Comments

Stacey

Being injury prone is the hardest thing about running for me! I’m with you though, as long as I cross train and do my PT exercises I’m usually okay!

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lachicaruns

Not being able to run because of injury was miserable. I think about that any time I don’t feel like following the plan. So far, so good. Glad you’re doing well, too!

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Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

I can identify with this so much! If I train with people too often, I end up adapting too much to their plan instead of my own. I definitely need balance there.

And yeah, cross training is so hard for me to care enough about to actually do!

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lacey@fairytalesandfitness

I think the hardest part is taking days off from running to incorporate cross and strength training on other days. Especially during your taper wk. That is just as important as your running days.

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lachicaruns

You’re absolutely right. Plus, there’s something so rewarding about physically scratching off that day’s plan on the fridge. Or is that just me?!

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Marcia

I agree injuries suck. They’re physically hard and mentally even moreso. How interesting you are running more miles with your friends. It must be fun, right? Thanks for linking up!

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T

Cross Training. ….it is a part of the program…and totally worth it to not got those injuries!

Running with friends….that can be so hard. I have a running friend that runs soooo much faster than me and I used to try to keep up with her, now I tell her….I am going to slow down, you go ahead. Usually, she will slow down to run with me 😉

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lachicaruns

My very good friend Karen runs a lot faster than me. My coping mechanism is either running faster but for only two or three miles or asking very open-ended questions so she talks and I listen. Works for us! Thanks for stopping by.

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Tricia @ MissSippipiddlin

I just love your subtitle of your blog: “Runner blogger who has not died despite running’s best attempts to maim and injure”!!!!! I don’t normally get caught up in what my friends are running. If I have 8 on the plan, you can bet I’m only doing 8! 🙂

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lachicaruns

Thanks. It’s kind of how I really feel about running. Sometimes. OK, a lot of the time.

As for friends’ distances, I’m kind of a talker, so I get a little distracted and next thing I know, I’m in a different zip code. 😉 Thanks for visiting.

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