Life intrudes.

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Life intrudes.

Posted on January 15, 2014

Things at work get crazy.  Family life goes totally insane.  Your dog gets sick.  You have to move.  You have to move in 5 days instead of two months.  You change jobs.  Your kid needs braces.  You get hurt.  You get burnt out.  You forget how much you love running.  You…

Life intrudes.

That’s just the way life is.  Any quiet life presents you rarely lasts.  There is always change, both good and bad, right around the corner.  The unfortunate part is that this can often get in the way of your running.  Trust me, I know.  I had been running nonstop for over eight years without an extended break.  I thought the habit was formed for life, and I would always run 2-3 times a week.

Life intrudes.

Things changed.  I fell on hard financial times.  I moved.  I got a new job.  Things got crazy.  I was suddenly pouring hours that were previously used to take care of my body into the new challenges that I was facing.  Guess what happened to my running?

Life intrudes.

One day I woke up to realize that I had run just one time in the past six months.   I gained weight.  My body no longer felt like it did.  I suddenly started noticing stairs, and how out of breath they caused me to be.  I started to sleep badly.  I forgot how much I loved running, and what it did for me both mentally and physically.

Life intrudes.

In the past, I would have gotten very down about this loss of fitness.  I might have given up running forever.  Not this time.  I now know better.  I know that you can always start up again.  It may take a while to get back to where you were, but it is possible.   That’s just what I am doing.  I have been getting out for three 20 minute runs a week.   I am so slow.  My lungs have lost so much strength. Guess what?  I don’t care one bit.  These twenty minute runs are great.  I am reconnecting with why I run in the first place.  The running may be slow, but I love it.  I feel wonderful about being back on the horse.  My body feels better after I run, and I am sleeping better.  Next week I am going to start doing 25 minute runs, and going forward, I will slowly add time to my efforts.  It will take ages to get back to where I was (having a strong marathon after already swimming 2.4 miles and riding 112 miles).  I am not worried about that.  All I am doing is enjoying where I am today.  I am still a runner.

Life intrudes.

Will this be the last time I ever take an extended break?  Who can say.  All I know for sure is that life always intrudes.  That is just the way things are.  What I can do is control is how I deal with the events I am faced with.   Going forward I will do my best to make sure that I find time for my running even when things get tough.  I will also remember to immediately forgive myself if I do fall of the wagon.  All I can do is understand that life intrudes, and do best I can do.  That is enough.