Slippery slope: how many runs can you skip before you stop being a runner?


It's a slippery slope. When is it okay to miss a run, and when is my inner lazybones plotting a hostile take-over?

I really don't feel up to running

For weeks the kids had been coughing and spraying bacteria left and right, and it was only a matter of time before the bacteria got me, even though I tried to outrun them. Once they caught up with me they made me miss two of my weekly runs, because I réally didn't feel up to it.

How many runs are okay to skip?

But as the week progressed I began to feel more and more nervous about missing not only one run, but two! What if I was on the slippery slope to no longer being a runner? And if I was no longer a runner, what was I? Only a mother?

Running versus motherhood

This is where running is really different from motherhood. The slope of motherhood is sticky like superglue, and you don't have to worry you'll slide off. Not only that: it's impossible to get off thát particular slope. Once you're a mom, you're a mom for life.

Being a runner is more of a conscious decision, a choice you have to make time and time again.

Deciding to go for a run

So yesterday I decided once again, I really am a runner too. I ran twenty minutes and then did fartlek for ten minutes. It wasn't my longest run, nor my fastest but at least it was a run.

I am a mom and a runner once again.


Relentless Forward Commotion said...

Good job getting back out there!!

m said...

I get it. I have those little green mucus men you see on tv in my sinus track. Nothing is working. Runs just make me want to hock a lugie or throw up. Actually I've done a bit of both.

Good luck. Hope everyone feels better.

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Michele Morin said...

I don't run but do try to exercise every day, and it's hard to be consistent!

Jean | said...

I'm not a runner, but I work out every day. Each day you miss makes it a little easier to miss again, so I try to do a little something even when ill just to keep my habit going.

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