I forgot to mention it before, but yesterday was exactly ONE YEAR since my first marathon. Time really flies!
Today’s post is a little bit different. My focus is usually on my love for running and why (to me) it’s worth waking up early on a Saturday morning to run 22 miles. But the truth is now running is a hobby. My favorite hobby, but still just a hobby. And sometimes life is more important than our hobbies.
If you ever take a look at my “Races” page you may have noticed that the half marathon that was on my schedule for this weekend has mysteriously disappeared. For the past week (since we found out that we are moving) I’ve been holding onto the idea of running this race with a tight grasp. But yesterday I made the decision to let it go. I really wanted to get a half in before Boston but with all the packing and moving stuff that we have going on this weekend it just isn’t plausible to make the trip all the way up to Malibu, spend the night, and pay for a hotel all so that I can run this one race. So I had to pull out of the race. 😦
In college, running wasn’t a hobby. I was on scholarship at a Division I team and I had to give cross country and track 110%. While I still feel that I give all that I can to my sport I have spent the years since graduation sorting out what it means to be a post-collegiate runner.
What I have learned so far is that there are certain instances when life has to take priority over running (at least in my life). For example…
1. In the middle of a crazy-busy, time-consuming life change, like this move.
2. When I need to focus on my health instead. This happened this past fall when I was struggling with anemia and I took a few weeks off of running to really focus on my iron intake (hello steaks!), recovery, and getting my body ready to train for a marathon.
3. When Henri and I go on vacation (sometimes). Since Henri can’t run when just the two of us go on vacation I enjoy changing things up from running and finding ways the two of us can move together. On our honeymoon we played a lot of tennis, kayaked, and paddle boarded!
Have you ever found that life is sometimes more important than running? When?______________________________________________
P.S. One of my athlete’s, Cori, just had her big race this weekend and she killed it. Almost a 7 minute PR in the half marathon! Check out her race recap HERE.