Today's Tuesday's on the Run topic is running breaks. This is an interesting topic for me--mostly because I've put more mileage in this year than ever before and haven't really taken a full out "running break" in over a year.
I don't run everyday (well, except for right now as a part of the RW Running Streak) but I can't remember the last time I took more than 3 days off in a row. And usually by the time that third day rolls around, my legs are itching to move.
About halfway to my goal of 2,015 miles in 2015!! Can't believe I've already hit 1,000 miles. Even harder (and exciting) to believe is that the next 1,000 miles will include my first marathon! @runthisyear @womensrunningcommunity #run #runner #runchat #running #runhappy #runrichmond #RunThisYear #runnersofinstagram #igfit #igrun #instafit #instarun #igfitness #igrunners #instafitness #instarunners #fitlife #fitness #fitchick #fitfluential #likeagirl #beachampion
BUT that being said, I think taking running breaks can be a good thing, especially if you're feeling burnt out or no longer enjoy running. I don't ever want to get to the point where I wake up in the morning and dread going out for a run.
When I was younger, I was WAY into playing basketball. I LOVED it. It was all I wanted to do, all I thought about--heck, in first grade when you were asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, I was dead set on being the first woman in the NBA (ha!). As I got older, basketball no longer became a seasonal thing and I started playing year round with no breaks. At first, it was awesome. But then after a while, basketball became a chore. I dreaded going to practice, I dreaded weekend's away at tournaments... I dreaded it all. And you know what? By my senior year of high school, I was done. I didn't want to play anymore and for the first time in my life, I quit something. And instead, I focused more on the other sports I played.
I still regret quitting because I'm no quitter. But looking back and remembering how miserable I was, I know I needed to take a step back.
With running, I don't ever want to get to that point. I don't want to get to a place in my life where running is something I HAVE to do and not something I WANT to do. Running is my passion and I can't imagine my life without it. But I've learned my lesson with basketball and if I/when I get to the point where it's no longer enjoyable, I'll know that I need to take a step back and redevelop that passion.
If you're feeling burnt out from an activity, maybe it's time to take a week, a month or heck, a year off. You never know what you'll discover during your break. Heck, when I quit basketball, that's when I first started dabbling with the idea of running... and now look at me.
Or you may go back to whatever it is you're taking a break from with more fervor than ever before.
The main thing is--LISTEN to your body, your mind, and you're heart. If something's no longer enjoyable, take a step back and reevaluate. It could be exactly what you need.
Have you ever taken a break from running? Or something else in your life?