So, I think, I am retired from running. I know all you runners are gasping at this and trust me, it’s not an easy thing for me to say. I have actually been considering it for a while now. Ever since I injured another part of my body while my torn hamstring was healing. Don’t worry, these were not my only injuries ever as a runner.
Truth is, running is hard. It takes a lot out of your body, especially long-distance running, which was my preferred method. I’m sad. There are so many things I
- Exploring the city on foot
- The feeling of accomplishment as I top a hill
- Crossing a finish line
- Being one with nature
- Seeing how far and fast I could go
- Jamming to my playlist
- Making up a new playlist
- Runner’s High
- Running in a summer rain
Some of these things I can experience by walking around or hiking. I plan on doing a lot of hiking now. That is something I never would have done before because I was so concerned about getting my run in, but now, I have all the time in the world. It’s kind of weird to think that. I started running when I was 26 and I am retiring 5 years later. I don’t want to, but my body does. I have to listen to my body. It’s not worth not being able to walk when I am older.
Have you had to hang up your running shoes? What would you miss if you did?