Well, once again I have done no running OR other exercise in a couple of weeks because of stupid colitis. It isn’t horrible this time but it is enough to make me not want to go get thrown around in mma class or go running or pretty much anything that I really should be doing.
However. Before this latest bout I hadn’t been doing any running anyways. Because I don’t like running anymore? No. Because ‘cross training’ has taken over. I’ve been going to classes three nights a week for about an hour and a half, going out (what? Just for fun?) on a weeknight most weeks and spending the other with the kids doing whatever. Don’t ask me what happened to the weekends because I don’t know. They do seem to start and finish simultaneously sometimes! Oh, and I was throwing in some yoga and a bunch of walking too. And Walking Dead is on again. And I bought a kettle-bell so I had to try that out… But not a run to be found.
It made me wonder, am I seriously the only adult around that cannot stick to doing one thing consistently? It’s not like I don’t enjoy running, because I do. Mostly. It’s just that there are so many other fun things to do! And it’s not like I am focused on getting to the Olympics or anything.
The funny thing is that when I was at the Spartan Race running all over the place I actually was able to run further and faster than expected. Further and faster than if I’d been just running all this time. Seems running isn’t always the best practice for running after all. Of course it could just be me-weirdness. Not at all outside the realm of possibility. It makes me wonder what I could do if I kept at the other stuff and somehow managed to get a few runs in every week too.
Last Saturday was the 5K Zombie Run, I think I’ll use it as a catalyst to get back into a running schedule and see how it goes.
Do you ever have an issue with simply running out of time before you can get all of the different kinds of workouts in that you’d like to? Also, do you choose your workouts because they sound fun and you enjoy them or do you push yourself to do workouts just for the physical benefit?
That is great that you’ve found another activity to be involved in. When I can’t run I usually sit around and mope…just kidding, kind of. I have been riding my bike and doing more stretching since i’m rehabbing an injury!
When I can’t run I sit around and mope for certain. When I can run there’s a 50% chance I’ll find something else as my current obsession. But I always go back to running. 🙂
I hope you start to feel better! I’m glad that crosstraining at least keeps our endurance and physical fitness up!
Nope, you’re definitely not alone, I’m right there with ya! When I first saw your title to this post I knew I had to read it…I’m ALL OVER THE MAP too. I actually had to take a break from running due to over-training and an injury, and then I had a hard time getting back into the groove. I’ve been doing yoga, TRX, cycling classes. Still keeping up the cardio, but not running as much lately. I did notice that I’ve been running just as well if not better than I was before I started all the cross training too!