Monday, May 28, 2012

Runner's low

Ever since the St. Patrick's Race in March, I've lost my interest in running.

I trained hard and accomplished what I set out to do: run the race not for time but for finishing it and feeling well. Afterwards I couldn't get the desire back.

I vowed to run about three miles a couple of times a week, combined with walking and tennis, just to maintain my bottom line for when I want to run again. I wonder if people who run long races feel like this afterwards and what they do about it.

Non-runners might say, "If you don't want to do it, then stop," but most of us wouldn't do that. I want to get back in "the groove" where I get that runner's high. I am, after all, a runner who writes, or a writer who runs.

I have written before about some generalized aches and pains that might signal arthritis. This doesn't make it easier. It's been very hot here, and the other afternoon I decided it was time to go. When I got back, I bent over to pull something out of the garden and could barely get up. OK, no more of that.

I should really do it first thing in the morning like I always used to do in the old days. Then you're done. But I'm so stiff in the morning that it's harder to get up and out.

Today I paid attention to the weather. I walked Maddie with Deb and her dog Sue Ellen. Although I thought I might run aftewards, I was so tired and hot just from the mile walk that I put the run out of my mind. I went up to my room, did some yoga, and fell asleep on the floor.


Anonymous said...

The fact that you got upstairs and did some yoga means you are still "running for your life." There are many ways to run...just keep doing -
We are rooting for you every step of the way!
Betsy B and family

PJ said...

I just started running again after a 4-month hiatus. I kept saying I was going to do it and didn't. Finally, 2 weeks ago, I jogged a mile. I shoot for running 3x a week but need to build my speed and miles.

The moral is, I guess, stay with it, but don't feel guilty when you can't. Think of all the cookies and candies you can eat with impunity (you probably do that anyway)on your running days.