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Smiling Through A Runners Low..

I’ve been running for around 3 years now and last year was a serious lull for me (looking at my history I clocked up hardly any miles) so I set out to change that this year and at the same time I wanted to try to run a little longer and faster.

To be honest I have an inconsistent relationship with running.
Some days/weeks I just want to run for 10+ miles and other days after 1.5miles I just want to stop and walk..
Some days I don’t need music just my own company..
Some days I need someone to pace me, chat to and pass the time with..
I’ve not ran less than 15 miles a week for most of the summer but the pleasure factor has been more varied and I can only blame myself for this. Why? I just put myself under too much pressure, then I don’t relax and enjoy my run and I’m too busy focusing on keeping a certain pace than enjoying the sport and freedom it brings.
Today I had pencilled in a 10 mile minimum run around a local country park, I had my new Salomon’s to wear in ready for winter and killer playlist prepared.
Sadly I overslept, woke up feeling absolutely terrible and arrived at the park mid day when the temperature was highest, crowds of people where parking and I got stuck behind a family cycle ride. After 4.5miles I just accepted defeat and walked the last 2 miles to my car at a good pace and thought..
‘I’m going to stop beating myself up about this, it’s not a competition, I’m not running a race, I’m meant to be enjoying myself not self torturing’
What I’m trying to say Is I’m not perfect and some day’s it just isn’t going to ‘work’ for me and I know I’m not alone in this feeling. Maybe we should all stop comparing ourselves to others via social media and then sitting on the sofa thinking ‘I’m hopeless next to so and so’ and love ourselves, our bodies and our runs no matter how short, fast or slow.
If you run a 14 minute mile for 3.1 or cruise a 6 minute mile pace for 26.2 your still absolutely awesome – Don’t forget that.
Do you ever experience running lows? How do you get yourself back on track?
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  1. I started running earlier in the year to train for my 5k. I am awful at running. Once I get started I love it but I don't last very long. I'm going to start it up again very soon and build on my stamina. I want to be able to run a full 5k without having walking breaks! 🙂

    Alana Gets Healthy

  2. YES! I had huge running lows and maybe I didn't handle it right but I quit. I think running is too competitive for me to do it if I'm honest. Not with others, but constantly with myself I HAD to push harder than the time before and it just got ridiculous. Now I focus on yoga, pilates or walking to keep me active and I feel a lot less pressure on my shoulders for it.

    Kate @ fattofitgeek.com

  3. I'm sure you can do it! In fact…I KNOW you can 🙂 It is a tricky sport to master and some people can just naturally run and runnnnn but like you say when you're up and going and in the zone it sure feels amazing 🙂 x

  4. I know what you mean about the pressure – I think I've gotten way too stressed about the numbers this year and it's such a dear shame as I'm ruining it for myself and it was always 'mine'..my little escape from the world and all it's pressures! Good shout with the pilates and walking…I'm off for a power walk this eve and I'm going to start Yogaaaa 🙂 x

  5. Couldn't agree more! I remind myself to be thankful that I “can” run, even if more slowly than many others. I've learnt not to beat myself up if I miss a few days, or don't run as fast or as far as I would have liked. The main thing is – I did it, you did it, and we should celebrate that achievement. (And yay for Yoga and Pilates as well!)

  6. Oh god, I hear you on this one SO much. The other week I clocked up 46k and was over the moon! I'd run so much more than ever before. And then the next week? Crash and burn. Could I get myself to even put my shoes on? Nope. I just sat at my desk all week, the thought of running again making me feel sick. I wanted some time out (which I couldn't really afford with a half marathon coming up) and I just figured I would ride it out until the love came back again. And it did…I ran today and it felt good and I remembered why I do it. But man, I have those times so often!

    Thanks for your honesty – it's so comforting to know I'm/We aren't alone!

  7. I think we both know what's bugging me at the mo with my running, and it's all Ben's fault. Bloody biggest mountain in the UK, with his neverending rocky staircase paths – who does he think he is?! Most inconsiderate on the old knees.

    Anyway, LOVE this post, I completely agree with you – gonna stop beating myself up for it and looking at the negatives. If I have to pull out of RTTB then fine. Rather that than run it in agony and do even more damage eh. If you do it for me btw I promise to come and cheer, and buy you a beer after, but we'll see if my knees decide I can try it.

    Also, that comic is IMMENSE! I am Blerch. 😀

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