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Hiatus from running

I haven’t run in weeks.  I just can’t get into any kind of rhythm.  Between Kayla’s hospital stays, doctor appointments, and caring for her, I can’t get any kind of routine going that includes running.  Yes, I can squeeze in a run here….a run there….but I don’t feel like I’m getting anything out of running if I can’t do it on a regular basis.

And here’s the other thing I can’t get from running right now:  training for goals.  I’ve realized over the years of running that I thrive on goals.  I’m motivated by setting and making goals.  I LOVE training.  And I just can’t do any of it right now.  My daughter’s health has taken priority over everything else.  AS IT SHOULD.

So for a few weeks, I wasn’t doing anything for exercise.  Then I could feel myself slip slowly into a state of depression.  Not good.  This mama needs to stay positive and focused!

Thank goodness for PiYO.  PiYO has been my cross-training exercise when I run.  I can do the workouts in my living room, early in the morning before anyone else gets up.  I don’t have to leave the house; I’m there if Kayla needs me for anything.

If I’m going to be honest, I don’t enjoy PiYO nearly as much as I enjoy running.  But for now, while Kayla is going through chemotherapy, it will do.  The workouts make me feel strong and flexible, which is what I need right now.

I’m a little sad, and I will miss my runs.  But running will be there when I decide I’m able to commit the time and effort to it. There will always be races out there to train for.  This is just a temporary hiatus.

Strength for Kayla.  Courage for Kayla.

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4 thoughts on “Hiatus from running

  1. As long as you continue to take care of yourself so you can take care of Kayla; that’s the most important thing. Although I would argue that even a very short run (like 10 minutes) will elevate your mood & keep your cardiovascular system in shape.

    It’s so easy to fall I to that all or nothing trap, especially when you need to be there for someone else, but a little bit is better than nothing.

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  2. You’re so right. The focus is on Kayla right now so although you absolutely need to continue taking care of yourself and getting exercise, training for a race would be too much pressure. There will always be another race when Kayla gets well and you can devote your attention to running.

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