Runner's Fear

runner's fear

Once upon a time I took a yoga class every Friday morning. After all, crosstraining is good for you. Even if you don't like it. 

By adding crosstraining to your running routine you make sure you work your whole body, and nothing but the whole body. Not just the legs.

So anyway, for almost year, every Friday I got in my car and drove to the gym. Until one day the car wouldn't start. So I missed one Yoga lesson.

And that was it. I never returned to the gym.

It's a slippery slope

It's a slippery slope, they say. The Merriam Webster dictionary explains 'a slippery slope' very well:

 'A process or series of events that is hard to stop or control once it has begun and that usually leads to worse or more difficult things.' 

And this is why I don't allow myself to skip a run. I fear skipping a run once, will lead to skipping a run twice and before I know it I'll be a runner no more. It can happen! I know it can. After all, it happend with yoga!

The power of habit will set me free?

On the other hand, I've been running for 13 years now. Thanks to the force of habit, chances of my suddenly quitting running are slim. Running has become such an integral part of my day it feels weird if I don't run. Like something is wrong.

But still, I worry. It's my biggest Runner's Fear: no longer being a runner.

What's your biggest Runner's Fear?


Unknown said...

As a newbie runaholic of 3 years, not being able to run one day is also now one of my biggest fears. What running has brought to my life in the last few years, nothing else has.... and sometimes I wonder if for some reason I couldn't run in the future whether due to injury or something else...what would possibly replace it?

Nicole Orriëns said...

I totally get where you're coming from Paria. I figure if I ever won't be able to run I'll take up walking.

Karren Haller said...

I just need to get back in the habit, but I would have to walk not run, to hard on the his and knees at 67.
Thanks for sharing on Friday Features this week.
Have Happy Easter!

myshelomitashop said...

I love running but these days I have been slacking off. Actually I don't run anymore...yeap such a shame on me! Pff..thank you for the reminder :)

Heidi's Wanderings said...

It's so easy to stop doing things that are good for us with one little hiccup isn't it? said...

I totally feel the same - there are some days I have to force myself to go to the gym but when I do I really enjoy it! Running for 13 years - that is amazing, I hope one day I will be able to turn around and say I have been running for numerous years! Really need to get on the cross training lark especially as I am running more now. Thank you for linking up with #WeightLossWednesday and hope to see you again soon! Sim xx

Echo aka The Mad Mommy said...

I am not a runner, so right now running is my fear! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

AngieOuellette-Tower said...

This fun post is being featured on my blog today - your post received the most "clicks" on the April Great Blog Train (blog hop)!:

Nicole Orriëns said...

Thank you so much Angie.You made my day!

Unknown said...

Haha the picture of the "former" runner is hilarious. Yes, I think we all fear no longer having that identity as a runner. Which, I think, says a lot about what running does for us--it not only shapes our physical health, but mental and emotional health too. I get a lot of self-esteem and confidence from running. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but I do worry that I put too much stock in running, you know? That being said....yes, after running consistently during pregnancy, after childbirth, etc., I don't think I'm stopping anytime soon!

Julie said...

I am not a runner, but I do exercise regularly and have done so for years. It is such a part of my life that I don't think I will ever quit.

Michele Morin said...

I always marvel at how difficult it is to establish a good habit--and how easy it is to pick up a bad habit!

Esme Slabbert said...

I am and never been a runner, so I applaud you.
Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 293. See you again next week!

csuhpat1 said...

Very interesting. I was a runner 30 years ago, got an injury and then stopped. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I kept runnimg.

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