I quit running after finishing the Lincoln Marathon.
But I had a problem. I didn’t know I’d quit. Sure, I’d go knock out a few miles on the road each week. I kept my subscription to Runner’s World. I still thought of myself as a runner.
I quit because I’d reached my goal of finishing a marathon. I failed to set a new goal so my subconscious mind decided I was finished with running.
It took three years before I knew I’d quit.
I didn’t just stop running; I did a slow fade. I ran less and less. I gained back all the weight I’d lost and then some. My knees hurt the few times I did lace up my shoes and hit the road. A slow fade is the way you quit most anything. It’s almost like you quit by accident. One day I had to face the fact I wasn’t a runner any more. I closed that chapter of life and went on.
Decades later I decided to turn quitting into a long pause instead!
I decided I was going to weigh under 200 pounds at the end of 2017. I’d tried in vain to lose weight for years, but changing the words in my goal gave me success. (Read more here.) A friend on Instagram posted his workouts and struggles to train for and run a 50 mile trail race. I said to myself, “Self, you’ve lost 35 pounds. I bet you can do that too.”
My first run after my decades-long pause was September 7. I ran eight tenths of a mile. I remembered how much I love running. Of course I had to make it past the initial OMG-I’m-about-to-die stage every new runner has.
I plan to run the 50-mile version of the Hawk 100 in September. And I have some intermediate goals along the way to keep me focused. Also plan on making bigger goals so I don’t quit again.
How can you quit something you love?
- I love to write.
- I wrote a book.
- I used to write in this blog each week.
- I kept a journal.
- But I quit.
Finishing my book was my marathon goal. Blogging was my weekly workout. And I let them fade away.
But I won’t let fear and distractions turn me into a quitter. I’m turning my quit into a pause.
For sure, I’m not cranking out a ton of posts. But I’m back on track. I’ll be a writer again.
What have you quit that you want turn into a pause instead? It’s never too late to dust off that dream you’ve neglected. Leave a comment and tell me your story.