Friday Five – My Relationship with Running

This is going to be a bit of a weird Friday Five…this is dedicated to the five things I have learned about my relationship with running in the last 3.5 weeks of being on the injured list.

1. Running has a HUGE impact on my self esteem.

Seriously.  When I am running (and especially when I’m running particularly well), I feel like a million dollars.  It shifts my perspective on everything about myself and it gives me an innate sense of confidence that I didn’t think was possible as I have always struggled with self esteem.  I essentially feel like the most beautiful, butt-kicking Princess Lisa that has ever existed, which is a pretty great way to feel.

2. Running has no other equal…for me.

While on this hiatus, I have made a real effort to not just sit on my butt and lose all my fitness, as I have done in the past, until I am able to run again.  I have participated in hot yoga classes, water running, swimming and cycling.  Though I have enjoyed my time doing these activities (accept the cycling of late as it is become monotonous), none of them make me feel as good or as accomplished as a good run does.

3. Sitting around on your butt is not as fun as you think–especially when it is forced.

It’s funny how, when you are forced into something, the fun magically disappears.  Admittedly, sometimes running can feel this way (ie. who really feels like running 10 or 20 miles all the time…but you have to do it in order to be prepared for your races).  Well, right now, this forced “rest” and sitting more on my rear end, is not enjoyable in any way. It’s making me cranky, lazy and lethargic.  Not cool.  It’s way more fun to earn a rest day.

4. I have taken running and being healthy for granted.

My fellow Canadian, folk singer Joni Mitchell, had it right when she said “you don’t know what you got til it’s gone.”  I was amazed and grateful that I stayed healthy all summer in order to make it through DDD.  I think that it gave me a sense of invincibility and I pushed it too far…and ended up with my overuse injury.  Lesson learned–don’t over do it and keep it all about moderation.

5. Running makes me better at everything.

No joke. When I am running my mind is sharper.  My body looks better and most importantly feels better.  I eat better. I sleep better.  I am happier and more productive at work. I am a better friend, daughter, granddaughter, adopted -auntie and sister.  I am happier and healthier in life in general and I am 110% sure it is the reason why I have been relatively migraine free for the past few years (and ironically I had one last night).  I am calmer and yet more energized.  I always thought the benefits of exercise that all the health mags point out where full of crap…but well, they are, but not when it comes to exercise improving your life on so many levels.

What has running taught you?  Happy Friday!

~Princess Lisa

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11 thoughts on “Friday Five – My Relationship with Running

  1. I can so totally relate. I think that my back has been so bad because I can’t run (and I can’t bike because of where the injury is on my foot). For me it feels like I’ve lost a best friend. There’s this huge void and associated anger/frustration/sadness etc with it. I am trying to focus on how amazing it will feel when I can finally have that first run where I can really run again. I’m holding onto that, but at this rate it’s going to be another month or two. At least I’ll have extra time to watch the Olympics?!

    • Thank goodness the Olympics are on! I think that if it was a boring time of year on tv, any injury would be that much worse.

      Clearly I understand your anger/frustration and sadness with being injured, especially with two different injuries. I think you are right in focusing on the first runs back and how great it will feel. I am sending you many, many good health and healing vibes right now.

  2. I think the withdrawal you are going through was similar to what I did after my marathon. I was super injured afterwards and couldn’t do anything that burned my body the way running would. I went through a bout of depression and I didn’t even know what was wrong. All I knew was I couldn’t wake up in the morning. Everything was hard.

    So I feel for you. Going from 60 to zero. Nothing seems as satisfying.

    But I think you nailed it when you said you overdid it cuz you were feeling superhuman. Moderation is key especially now that we are getting older. Everything doesn’t repair itself the same way.

    Hopefully you’ll get on track sooner than later but if you don’t, don’t be sad. Running will always be there for you. It’s just on hiatus for now.

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