This is the Hardest Decision I've Made in a Long Time...
Okay, well maybe it's not the most earth-shattering decision ever (...total clickbait, sorry). But in my fitness journey and well, the past 10 years, it's the first time I've ever had the courage to make this tough choice: I'm quitting running. 💔
You read that right. I, Nathalie Emplit, running nerd extraordinaire, am tucking my Asics into the dark depths of my closet for the next month for one reason and one reason only: I'm too old for this nonsense. Haha, the truth is: my old lady knees can't hang anymore and my body needs a break from all of this trail trotting. I'm no spring chicken anymore.
For the past 3 years, I've battled recurring cases of Runner's Knee and over the past few months, I've become increasingly aware that 12+ years of running is taking a toll on my body. I've tried taking rest days in between each run and I've also dwindled my mileage down to 2-3 miles per workout. I've broken the bank on $200 shoe insoles and I've even swallowed my pride and pranced around in 3-inch thick Hoka's for extra support. But nothing has helped my cry-baby knees.
I mean, I should've seen this coming: my mom was a runner in her youth as well and now she's had to get steroid shots to alleviate her aching knees. It was only a matter of time when the 9 half-marathons, 100+ short-distance races, and my high-school cross country career would come back to haunt me.
So what's my gameplan?
Effective tomorrow, I'm sidelining my runner legs for about a month. This will give my knees some hard-earned rest and will hopefully heal all the inflammation that's going on down there.
Obviously, I don't plan on becoming a complete couch potato one month before it's time to unveil a racy Halloween costume. So for exercise, I plan to spend more time in the gym and in the yoga studio, and take longer walks with Pharaoh. I just moved to the Blakeney area, so I'm dying to try out Lifetime Fitness and Enlighten Yoga (if you've been to either of these, I would love your feedback!)
All jokes aside, I'm clearly heartbroken that I have to give up something I love so much, even just for a day. Because as cliché as it sounds, running has become a part of who I am. It's my favorite way to relieve stress, it's my go-to when I'm feeling down on my self-image, and it's how I bond with my running buddy/puppy Pharaoh. 🐶
But if you love something, sometimes you have to let it go. And I know that if I want to continue running for many years to come, it's a necessary break I have to take. So let the Fartlek #fomo begin!
Who else has taken a hiatus from running? Did you come back even stronger than before? I would love to hear your stories!