Half way point on my running route. Beautiful isn't it? Something happened to me last week. Something pretty cool. I went out for a run and it felt good. Actually, better than good. I loved it and it made me happy. It happened on more than that first run, too.
That might not sound like anything exciting, but for the past year I have pretty much stopped running. I haven't considered myself a runner in quite a while. Don't get me wrong, I would still go for a short run now and then. I'd get on the treadmill and get a few miles in and would enjoy some Tabatas, but to run was mainly when I didn't have another option and it was never fun. It always felt like I was running through mud. My legs felt heavy and I felt slow and every step felt like a chore to just get through. I couldn't wait for the miles and minutes to pass. I'm quite ashamed to admit this.
After running a half marathon last Spring, I didn't jump right back in, and for some reason, when I did it was wasn't the same. The endorphin high didn't come. I was bored. I wanted to be doing just about anything else. That's not really a good thing for someone who is supposed to encourage others to get moving, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. I wasn't sure if it was a rut that just wouldn't go away. Was it just in my head or maybe was I getting old? That was a depressing thought. Either way I didn't give it much thought, but found other ways to get cardio exercise and the endorphins going. I will admit that I did miss enjoying a good run, though.
So, I'm hoping this "rebound" or new found "umph" for lack of a decent description, is here to stay. I'm already planning a new route for tomorrow. I'm just happy to look forward to running again.
There are some articles on getting out of a running rut. If you are in one you might want to check them out here . I'll be honest and say I didn't really instigate a plan for this and didn't make an attempt to get out of my own rut. It's like I almost forgot what I was missing - or I knew but just thought it was gone for good. So, I'm wondering and hoping it's here to stay . . . and wondering if any of you have had the same experience. I'd love some feedback!
If you are a runner, have you ever had a break like this? Had a long rut? Did you make a plan to get out of your rut? Did it last? See, I have lots of questions!