Once I recovered from my knee surgery, I thought I’d be running up a storm. Turns out, I really don’t feel like setting out for a run. A large part of this is probably because if I ran during the week it would be both dark AND cold, but I also think it’s because I’ve grown to really enjoy varying my exercise routine.
A local running club started up a half marathon training group for the April Rock ‘n’ Roll race in Nashville, and I thought getting started with them would help give me the running bug. But it didn’t. At first, I started wondering “what is wrong with me?! I used to LOVE running and training for races!” Now, I would much rather tank a spin class, pilates class, or bootcamp class than I would run.
I thought about my lack of motivation for running and realized there is NOTHING wrong with it. Running used to be a part of my identity. I ran with running groups, I was almost always training for something, and if someone asked me what I did for fun, I said run. Now, I enjoy taking classes through Classpass. I still love the classes that incorporate treadmill running/sprints, but these are enough to satisfy my running itch.
So do I think I’m done with running forever? Absolutely not. Am I focusing on OTHER fitness activities? Absolutely yes. Let’s just call this a heavy cross training phase of my life. And who knows, maybe when the weather gets warmer and the sun comes out more, I’ll be lacing up for a run.
Do you go through phases of what your favorite exercise is?