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Retirement

No, I’m not talking about retirement from working.  I wish.  I have a few more years before that will be a reality.

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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.

 

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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…..

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Retirement

  1. I’m sure you’ll find something. I haven’t run for a couple of months and find that I don’t miss it. I wasn’t ever as in to it as you were. I never liked racing. I did enjoy running as exercise but found recently that it was aggravating the arthritis in my lower spine.

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    1. Ugh, arthritis sucks, doesn’t it? I’ve actually toyed with the idea of trying yoga. I’ve done it before and haven’t been able to get into it, but maybe it’s something I need to try again. I love the idea of being able to do a headstand and handstand! New goals, perhaps? Anyway, you’re right, I think I’ll find something. Keep me posted on what you’re doing as well!

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  2. I know some other runners who have been forced to stop running due to arthritis. Which really sucks. Although then there’s that free time . . . I actually do think from a fitness standpoint, there are much better forms of exercise. But there’s not much that replaces those endorphins. 😦

    I actually really do love to hike. I love being out in nature.

    I’m sure you will find something — maybe not even fitness related — that will fill the challenge bucket.

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