Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I Don't Love Running

If you're following along in the Adventures of the Elf on the Shelf:  Lulu (which I'm updating everyday so it will become a full list of all Lulu's adventures so click the link to see ALL the ideas) then here are her escapades from yesterday.

Lulu took some sugar from the pantry to make it look like snow and built herself several snowmen.  She's so sneaky that Lulu.  I wonder what she'll think of next.

Now that that's over with...

I've come to a revaluation about something and I thought I should share.  It's quite simple really, but it might shock you.  Here it is... I don't love running.  There I've said it.  I know a lot of people that LOVE running.

My Pittsburgh Running BFF Tracey: 

My Texas Running BFF Bianca:

My Blog Running BFF Kortni:

Sidebar:  I have lots of BFF so if you're one don't be offended, you're probably just in another category.  

All these ladies LOVE to run.  They get cranky if they don't run.  They miss it when they're injured.  Quite frankly, they NEED to run.  Me, on the other hand, I don't love it, I don't get cranky without it, I don't miss it and I certainly don't NEED it.

Now if you replace the word run with exercise in general then that's a totally different story, but in general I just don't love running.   So now that the marathon is over and I can make my own training plan, I'm not running as much.  In fact, I'm planning on running just 2 days a week right now.

Here's what ideally I'd like my week to look like if nothing (i.e. children) interferes:

Monday:  Swim
Tuesday: CrossFit
Wednesday: Run 5 miles
Thursday: CrossFit
Friday: Bike (spinning right now)
Saturday: Rest or Run 10 miles
Sunday: Rest of Run 10 miles depending on previous day

I think ALL my running BFFs are running 4 or more days a week right now and I think those sickos really do love it.  Even when I was training for the marathon, I used a training plan that required me to run just 3 days a week.  I liked it that way.  I didn't get burned out (as badly) and I didn't, as a general rule, dread the run.

And now that I'm running two days a week?  Now, I'm enjoying running even more.  I might even like it again.  Notice I said "like".  15 to 20 miles a week is just about perfect for me.  So you might be wondering.  Why?  Why if I don't love running do I train to do marathons?  Why did I spend the last several months logging over 100 miles?  Why did I set a challenge for myself to run 1000 miles in 2012?  Why?  Well, I think I have an answer.

I don't think I'm one to ever take the easy way out.  I'm constantly looking to challenge myself and keep just a little bit outside of my comfort zone (just a little).  If something becomes easy, then I get bored.  Why do I want to do something that makes me feel like it's hum drum?  Running is something I'm just average at doing.  Don't go rolling your eyes at me, it's true.  I'm an average runner and if you look at my race results you'll see I'm average by definition.  The point is, there is PLETNY of room for improvement.

So I keep going.  I keep running and I keep doing CrossFit to get better at running.  And I'll keep running and training and running races because I want to be better.  I want to NOT be average.  I want to be proud when you click the "races" link at the top of my blog.  I want to be better tomorrow than I am today.

So what if I don't love running.  There are no rules that say I have to love it.  My name is Susan Tirch and I'm a runner, but I don't love running.

Who would have thunk it?


Courtney Tobin said...

I feel exactly the same way. I'm average too, and LOVE to work out--esp Body Pump or plain old pumping iron, but I could not run for a month and not shed a tear:) haa. I still wanna try crossfit, but I'd hafta travel an hr right now to get to the closest one. Keep up w/ your bad average/not so average self! Average ppl don't run marathons!!!

Kortni said...

It is wonderful to know what makes us happy isn't? I think you have a great plan to stay happy!

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