Sunday, October 5, 2008

Running down a dream

Dear Internets,

I have a confession to make: I dropped out of my half marathon training.

In fact, I dropped out shortly after I was supposed to run seven miles (and didn't). My knees were aching, I had a stress fracture in my foot, and my nerves were continually frayed. Running was more of a chore than a source of stress relief.

And you know what? I'm pretty happy about quitting. Since my foot has started to feel better, I've been running about a mile a day during my lunch break. It feels like the perfect amount. I am being pulled in fewer directions, and I don't constantly feel guilty about what I "should" be doing at any given moment.

Sometimes quitting isn't a bad thing. Who knew?

Love always,
Jane

5 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I pretty much quit everything athletic. I get myself all pumped about having a routine, and somehow I just end up letting slip away. Ah well...next time?

jamie said...

You have to do what you have to do! If quitting has gotten you back in the mood to continue running, I'd say it's a blessing! Take care!

Jane said...

Thanks so much - it feels really good to let go of the guilt!

Dan said...

Have you tried getting orthotics? I got some 2 weeks ago and they are AWESOME! It helps that my insurance pays for all of it except the $30 co-pay. They are usually several hundred dollars. Just a thought, especially if you have high arches.

Glad you found a good running balance so you can still enjoy it!

Samantha Grace said...

I think you were right to know your limits. You probably could have pushed yourself to do the whole thing and keep training, but would you have gained anything but injury? Instead you've found the perfect stress reliever. So Congrats!!!