So I’ve been working at my new job for a little over 3 months now. One of the biggest changes is that I’m actually enjoying running again. I have to be honest, it was hard at my previous job because there was no end to the running talk. The participant emails, the constant talk of running, working a lot of events on the weekend… I just really wasn’t taking time for myself or putting my priorities first and I couldn’t find the time with the hours I was working.
I loved my job, but it was a lot of work. And, to be completely honest here for a second, I think it broke my running spirit a little bit. I think I was constantly overwhelmed with not enough time to run and my whole life being consumed by running. If you couldn’t tell, I didn’t run or train much in the past year. Running had always been an outlet for me. To run was to get away from everything else. After a while at my old position, running was ALL I thought about… but I couldn’t do it because it wasn’t an escape anymore.
Since I started my new job, I’ve run quite a few times and also have been mixing it up with multiple other exercises. Now running is an outlet again, and a place where I can ‘go’ to sort out my thoughts and think, and NOT think about work the entire time.
I’m pretty thankful that I found out what was hindering my running, because now I feel like my future of running is bright and I’m turning over a new leaf. I am looking forward to training for races again, and having weekends free has really helped my running mojo. I’m glad to have it back :)
The other night, after I got home from work, it was already dark out, but I put on my running shoes and went for a run. It was like breathing a sigh of relief after a long day. I’m so glad that my running lately has been a place to sort my thoughts and relax, instead of feel overwhelmed because it was so connected with my everyday work. I’ve gone of two runs this week already and every time when I get home, I think to myself, wow. I’m so glad I did that.
I think I will start off with a shorter race to get back into the swing of things and start from there. I’m looking forward to getting back to some races and back into enjoying running.