No, I’m not talking about retirement from working. I wish. I have a few more years before that will be a reality.
No, today I want to talk about my quiet, unofficial retirement from running. For real this time. I know in the past I have talked about it, considered it, and then ultimately would forget about it. Running had become a part of who I was, despite the knee pain, black toe nails and foot pain.
Almost two years ago, I ran the Chicago marathon. It was awesome! It was my second marathon and it was so much better than the first marathon. Shortly after that, a small group of family and friends decided to do a 75-mile relay race in May of 2017. It was a fun (but challenging!!) run and I could cross another item off of my running bucket list.
After that, I didn’t run much. I ran some for exercise, I did a 5k in the fall of last year, but I just wasn’t enjoying running as much as I used to. My knee arthritis would flare up, I was having some foot pain and running just wasn’t fun anymore. I decided to take a break.
The break turned into months. My knee pain was gone and I was starting to feel the itch to run again. In April of this year, I did a 5k for a local organization that was raising money and the whole time I was running, my knee hurt and I couldn’t wait for the run to be over.
I haven’t run since that day and I’m pretty sure that I’m done running for good. Although I still have some foot pain, the knee pain is gone. I was able to accomplish every item that I had on my bucket list, except for an ultra-marathon. I’m really proud of my achievements as a runner, especially considering that I didn’t start running until I was in my 40’s.
Even though I’m no longer running, I still stay active doing other things. I do still miss running sometimes, although I don’t miss training for long distances at all! What I miss most is setting goals and achieving them. Right now, most of my exercise is coming from doing DVD workouts at home. Some day, I’d like to find a physical activity again that allows me to set goals and meet those goals. I’m not sure what that will be yet, but I know I’ll find something.
I should have written this post some time ago, but I guess I was hoping that something would change. But I’ve made comments now and then about how I’m not running anymore, and I had several people say that they didn’t know I wasn’t running anymore, so I guess this post makes it official. Sad face.
If there are any retired runners out there, let me know if you found a replacement that you’re just as passionate about. I do enjoy cycling, but I’m not sure I enjoy it enough to set big goals (e.g. a century ride). I tried joining a gym and while I enjoyed lifting weights, I didn’t enjoy the whole gym experience. I enjoy long hikes, but those tend to be seasonal and so it’s not something I do on a regular basis. My doctor suggested spin classes, but there isn’t a gym close by that offers this.
The search continues…..