Run less…love it more?

Ever since the marathon in October (which feels like a lifetime ago, btw…), I’ve been running less and less. Not entirely by design mind you, I had every intention of keeping up the mileage to a certain extent, trying to stick with a longer run per week, yadda yadda yadda.

But then, that didn’t happen.

For lots of reasons —

— I needed a break from the intensity of marathon training. I didn’t realize it until a few weeks had passed, but man — marathon training is no joke. I *may* have mentioned this before. 😉

— I missed the barre. And wanted to have time to weave in a couple of classes to take vs. ‘just’ teaching classes at barre n9ne. I missed embracing the shake at the barre on my time, not teacher time.

— I also started teaching more classes at barre n9ne (thanks to the studio growing by leaps and bounds, whee!) Slowly but surely and over time, I picked another up class and then another — and now, I find myself at the studio almost every day teaching a class(es). *Swoon* I’m LOVING it every second of the way, clearly. ❤

(sorry, digressing…)

In the midst of all of that, which took place over the course of the past few months, I did run but it was along the lines of that #runsimply mantra I set for myself a couple of weeks, post-26.2.  I chose to run when I wanted to run and I chose not to really plan the runs all the much — just running because I loved it, wanted a good sweat, was looking for that runner’s high that truly nothing else compares to.

And now? I honestly don’t even know where my mileage stands per se — I’m mostly running 2-3 times per week, MAYBE 4 times in a week but that’s been a stretch of late. And the distance varies from a quick and dirty 3-miler to somewhere in the 5-6 range if I’m on the treadmill during the week or in the 5-7 range if it’s the weekend and I have the luxury of running outside.

What I noticed the other day, though? Was that even when I’m running on the treadmill – the TREADMILL — I’m running something fierce. I’m the happiest runner you ever saw, my legs are humming along, the miles seem to just tick by, and I’m even returning to those hilly intervals I did a few weeks back that nearly killed me (the one where my a$$ fell off, yeah those…).

To run less has meant loving it more.

I am in deep passionate love with running. I’m not obsessed with it, I’m not thinking about my distance or pace or speed or runs-per-week constantly, I’m not thinking about it at all — unless I’m in that moment, that ‘run-moment’ and then? The love story continues.

It’s sort of like those friendships where you may not see that friend for months or even years at a time, but you can pick up right where you left off, as if no time had passed at all — never once skipping a beat.

That’s what running has become for me — a love story with no ending in sight, no definitions or rules or boundaries needed. It can change at any time and it’ll certainly continue to evolve this year, that much I am certain of.

But for right now, love? Running less means loving you more.


The proof is in the sweat — and that smile on my face after one of those NEEDED get-out-of-my-head-shake-the-funk runs is all the proof I need.

40 thoughts on “Run less…love it more?

  1. Awesome! I needed to read this. I completely burnt myself out training for a half marathon with a 2 year old and baby at home. Since running it, I’ve been running less and less and with training set to resume soon, I need to spend the next weeks running for love, not the finish line.

  2. That’s great! I think everyone needs to find that happy place with running and not feel pressure to do x amount or go y speed. Just love it. Good for you!

    • Totally — and everyone’s version of ‘happy place’ as a runner is different and that’s totally ok and probably one of the more beautiful things about running huh? Tailor-made!

  3. I NEVER liked the dreadmill…now, I LOVE it. I put music in my ears and I’m off! I looked at Tony the other day and stated that I’m not a runner. He laughed at me and asked when I was going to stop saying that since I love running and do it 3 times a week…in fact, I look forward to my run days. I think it’s important to love what you’re doing no matter what you’re doing. I’m so glad you found your happy place with fitness!

    • Um friend? You ARE a runner!! YES, YOU!! Own that label and wear it proudly please 🙂

      I am loving that you are so passionate about running now — especially since you only really picked it up to be able to instruct your clients who run properly. Look at you, finding a hidden gem without even meaning to!

  4. I was in the same place last summer (the heat didn’t help) but now I’m more in love with running than ever before! I’m glad you’re taking a break. I’m totally curious about the barre n9ne class, and am tempted to try a complimentary class this weekend… hmmm 🙂

  5. so true sis!! I am finding I am loving running more now that a) I haven’t since my knee thing flared up and b) it’s harder to fit them in with teaching. I also embrace the chance at an outdoor run as long as it’s not -2 out, and breathe it all in, loving every minute. I will channel this during my next dreadmill run and love every minute 😉 (but envisioning those summer, sweaty, awesome bunny-filled runs too!)

  6. It’s hard to keep that balance between teaching, running and wanting to take classes or explore other fitness adventures. I do believe that no matter what your fitness passion is, you do get burnt out if you do it too much. “Less is More” is my mantra. 🙂

    • It’s definitely been an interesting time trying to strike the right balance now that I’m teaching a lot more but it’s been a fun journey I must say. I am loving this ‘space’ I’m in right now between running and teaching at the studio, it just feels good, fits just right. 🙂

  7. How cute are you w/ your perfectly blushed workout glow?

    I had this exact same feeling after my marathon. I love your attitude. You’re not giving it up, you’re learning to love running in a new way! Make each run count!

    • Hahah you crack me up, I wish my ‘blushed’ look would come out that way normally and not just post-run, hehe. 😉

      And YES — it is about making each run count. I am digging it 🙂

  8. I am right there with you right now! After going so hard in 2011 and the first half of 2012 my body just screamed “ENOUGH ALREADY!” So, I listened. Now, I run 2-3 times per week. I’m lifting more, and doing more circuit training, which I am totally in love with right now! And, my legs have never been happier. My runs are amazing when I do them, and I don’t feel like I’d want it any other way.

    • It’s been a nice switch-up for me, running just because I’m in the mood and want to and not because I’m ‘in training’ or glued to a regimented schedule for whatever reason. It’s giving the whole concept of running ‘free’ or ‘naked’ new meaning.

  9. Inspiring post my friend!!! I never thought about running that way, but so true. I have had a few injuries along the way and that first run back is always like magic!

  10. I think it can vary for everyone and it’s important to find your happy and not be in competition with others. I think with social media it can be so easy to get caught up in the mileage and speed game. What’s really important is running because YOU want to no matter the distance, speed, drills, number of days, etc. I love that you have this balance with it now.

    • Exactly — social media can be VERY BAD for runners in that regard, at least in my view. I mean, the community aspect of the running social media groups online can be SUPER helpful and motivating, but other times, it can really get you caught up in the wrong focus areas. It’s a fine line I think.

  11. It seems super balanced to have your workouts and focus ebb and flow over time! I always found when I was running that if I focused so much on the numbers aspect, it felt really refreshing to take a break from that for a while and just be more random!

    • Totally agree — it does feel very balanced to be in this ‘flow’ stage of the ‘ebb and flow’ you mention. I have a feeling I’ll crave more structure to my running this spring but for now, ‘flow’ is feeling really good to me right now 🙂

  12. Oh, do I agree with this girl! Your sis and I were actually just talking about this on Twitter last night – – I’ve been doing lots of yoga and not so much running! But it’s making me appreciate the exercise at hand in. the. moment. And now…I run when I want to run, not when I “have” to run. What a great feeling indeed!

    • It’s an awesome feeling — to run out of a sheer love of it vs. having to or feeling like you ‘need’ to in order to have ‘worked out’ that day. Run out of love, has a nice ring to it huh?

  13. For me, running is a never ending journey. I always want it to be apart of my life. Sometimes it plays a big staring role (hello Marathon training!), sometimes it plays a supporting role (needing to fit a few miles in here or there to deal with the stresses of life), and sometimes it might need to sit the scene out all together. But it never goes far. And there will always be a place for it, whether big or small. 🙂 The best times, well you just wrote all about it….running for joy. LOVING the run!

    • I ADORE how you describe running as a ‘starring role’ or ‘supporting role’ or sitting out the scene entirely. THAT is exactly what running is for me — you are a genius!!

  14. I always feel the same way – when I take a step back from running, I realize I love it more than I thought I could. And btw, “The proof is in the sweat” = LOVE this!

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