Why I'm Over Distance Running

October 10, 2016

Yes, I realize that it's kind of weird to write this post just before I run a half marathon, right!? This upcoming Sunday, I'll be running the Denver Rock N Roll Half Marathon, my first half marathon in almost two years!

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I think this half was quite a lesson for me in what I do and don't love to do right now. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good run and sometimes I love the challenge of something longer, like 6 or 7 miles. But 10? 11? 12? Eeehhhhh no, thank you. This is not to say I won't change my mind in the future, but for now, I'm glad this race is coming up this weekend and I can be done with long distances for while!

Physically, it's just too much stress on my body.

I already feel like I'm going through some major growing pains in life right now AND the pressure of finding a full-time job, so my stress level is high enough. I've learned that short, hard workouts and more strength training is so much better for my body at the moment, whereas the high stress that my body experiences with distance running just leaves me clinging on to extra weight and bloated because stress is NOT your friend! Can I get an amen?!

Mentally, distance running is burning me out as well.

I'm also not loving the fact that I HAVE to run certain distances on certain days and I can't do workouts that a) take less time and b) get me better fitness results! Yep, it's true. This last month or so of training for my half marathon has done a number on my body and mind. I don't like having to stick to suck a high mileage schedule, so the feeling that I have to do something I don't really want to do is never a great thing.

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Additionally, I tend to worry about my long runs throughout the day before, or even the week before. What will the weather be like? What if it's just a bad day for me? What if it feels like 10 miles of TORTURE?! And yes, I realize I'm being dramatic, but these irrational thoughts are here.

Does this mean I'll never do another distance race again?

Of course not! It just means that for me, right now, distance running isn't my thing. Haha, plus I'm easily talked into things like races (because they're SO FUN!) so I'm definitely not going to put it past me to sign up for another race one day. I am glad that I did this race so now I know! And maybe I'll do some shorter races in the future to get the fun without all the extra training...

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I do love many, many aspects of running and especially race day, but I've learned that for right now, it's not the right form of exercise for me. I have to say I'm SO excited to do something new when the race is over and even more excited (and a little scared) about a new boxing-style workout program that I'm going to do in November! If you want to do it with me or learn a little more, you're always welcome to send me an email at katie@peaceloveandoats.com or leave a comment below.

Yep, you'll feel like a badass. Look like one? Well, hopefully when the program is over... haha but moves-wise I still have a lot of work to do!