For the longest time I’ve had a serious love/hate relationship with running. One week I’ll love it and want to run every day, and the next week I’ll hate it and continue to hate it for a month or more.
For example: Before I started training for my two beach volleyball tournaments I was in this summer, I really really really hated running!! Initially it was frustrating and quite painful for me and I think that’s why I hated it so much. But I sucked it up and kept doing it anyway and eventually I actually started loving running (for a very brief period of time). I was getting up early and running every day before work and I even ran 5km, twice! I did this for about a month or so until I burnt myself out with it. Out of nowhere I stopped enjoying it, I stopped wanting to get up in the morning to do it and eventually I stopped for over a month and had no urge to get back out there and pound the pavement at all. In that month I actually stopped doing all cardio and I put on 7 lbs (I’m a fat kid at heart who NEEDS his cardio and I need to learn this!).
Looking back I’m glad I took the time off from running because now I’m liking running again, but I learned that I can’t push myself too hard or too much when it comes to running or I’ll start hating it again.
I went for my first run in over a month on Sunday night with the missus and we ran a good 3km. This is the farthest I’ve ever run non-stop. When I did my two 5 km runs, it was a run for 2 minutes/walk for 30 seconds kind of deal, but this run on Sunday was 3 km, no walking, all running. I was SO proud of myself, you have no idea! I even sprinted, full-tilt the last 500m and I didn’t throw up!!!!! So, I decided Monday morning that I was going to get up and do the same 3 km loop. My legs were a little rubbery from the run the night before, but I sucked it up and went anyway. Once again, I ran the entire 3 km without stopping or walking but I didn’t have enough in the gas tank to do the full-tilt run at the end. I’m not sure if this is a good time or not, but I did the run in 17:30, which I think isn’t bad. Last night we had a great workout after work and when we headed to bed the missus and I both had full intensions of getting up this morning and running for a third day straight. That didn’t quite happened how I planned it to though. ..
When I woke up, my legs felt burnt out and my body was tired. I forced myself to get out of bed and was about to start getting ready for my run when I realized that THIS is why I kept getting the “I hate running” feeling! I was tired and sore and was trying to force myself to do the run anyway. I realized that if I took a day or two off, it wasn’t a bad thing… In fact, it was probably a good thing. Let my body heal, keep my passion for running and go back at it tomorrow or maybe the next day.
Tonight I’m going to hit the gym and do a full-body workout and treat it as my cardio (supersets will get your heart rate up like cardio does) and maybe go for a run tomorrow morning.
My goal is to get this 3 km run down to about 17 minutes and then try for 4 km. Wish me luck!