So remember when I was all “YAY I’m going to get a PR at the Buffalo Marathon Half in May and running is awesome and this is going to be the best thing EVER”?
Yeah, about that…
It’s not happening and I’m ok with it. I’m deferring my half marathon entry to next year and only running the 5k next month.
Why, you ask? Well, it’s simple: I just don’t like running more than a few miles at a time anymore. I don’t. You know what I do like? Throwing on my running shoes after a crappy day and pounding out three or four miles. I like taking 45 minutes to finish a run, not two hours. I like being able to squeeze in a 5k and still get other things done before it’s time to get my kid from school. I like popping on the latest Nerdist podcast and doing a quick lap around the block to get a dose of laughter and sunshine in my day.
Shorter runs fit my lifestyle right now. They make me happy. I’m not looking at my calendar and seeing a training plan staring back at me, telling me I’m not where I’m “supposed” to be right now. I know if I consistently run 3-5 mile runs, I can register for a 5k and be ready to go whenever I want. I know if I concentrate on this shorter mileage I can get faster and more confident with my pace.
I just want to run to run. So that’s what I’m going to do. Maybe by next year’s race I’ll be ready to do a half marathon again, who knows. What I do know now is running is a gift and I want to enjoy it. I don’t want it to feel forced. I know I’m taking myself out of the running (no pun intended) for a lot of great opportunities by scaling back my distance. Races and companies want to work with distance runners. But, I can’t let FOMO be my motivation. My motivation has to be my love of the run: my runs, my distances, my paces.
So while there will be no half marathon PR for me next month, there will be lots of happy, albeit shorter, runs in my future.
QOTD: Have you ever made the decision to scale back your running? Leave a comment and let me know!