Why I gave up running for a month – Intuitive Movement
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Breaking out of my comfort zone and getting a little more personal here on the blog. Hoping to start sharing a little more of me on here in between recipes!
Running and I have a love/hate relationship. Taking a break from running for a full month really opened my eyes to intuitive movement.
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Growing up I hated doing training runs for sports. I could run all day on the field, but when I was told to just go for a training run, I felt like I was carrying bricks on my feet and mentally I hated counting down the miles and minutes to go on a run.
When my team sports came to an end, I need something to keep me motivated so I signed up for a 5k. This is when I started loving running. Signing up for a race gave me a challenge. I followed a training schedule to keep me on track. 5k’s turned to 10k’s then half marathons. I became the cardio queen.
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I was burned out. I haven’t signed up for a race in a year and my runs have been sporadic.

Early August I had planned to go for a run in the park and honestly was dreading it. I just didn’t feel like running. I know physically right I am not in the running condition I used to be in and mentally I know it would cause me to feel frustrated if I wasn’t able to run the distance and pace I was aiming for. But THAT’S OKAY! Instead of feeling defeated and not exercising at all, I popped on my headphones and listened to one of my new favorite podcasts, Food Psych, and this episode featuring the awesome Kylie Mitchell.
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If you never listened to Food Psych before, it’s a podcast about intuitive eating and breaking away from diet culture. As I listened to the podcast as I was walking along a trail on a beautiful summer afternoon and a light bulb went on in my head when Kylie mentioned intuitive movement.

I light bulb turned on in my head. Why was I trying to force myself to run? My mind and body were obviously trying to tell me something. This month, I took a break from running completely and was active in other ways.

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I changed my membership at the gym to include classes and been trying out different ones which has been fun! I enjoy being surrounded by others. Running alone can be soothing, but also very isolating. I was excited to check out the gym schedule each week to try new classes.
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Instead of running:

I took spin classes.
I’ve been going for long walks listening to podcasts.
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I’ve done some YouTube yoga videos and no equipment workouts in the comfort of my own apartment.
I took some weight training classes and felt muscles that I haven’t felt feeling worked or challenged in awhile.
Adrian and I went on a mini vacation, which was filled with active activities like hiking and kayaking.
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Honestly, I exercised more this month and I felt great. The old me would have been telling myself that I should be going for a run. I should run 5 miles today. I should aim to maintain a certain pace. But that’s not what I wanted. I want to move my body in a way makes me feel great physically and mentally. Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do.
Will I run again? Probably, but I’ve learned a lot about myself and the joy of intuitive movement this month.

What movement makes you happy?

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5 thoughts on “Why I gave up running for a month – Intuitive Movement

  1. Thank you Julie for a powerful post. I run a mile most days but honestly LOVE the quiet reflection of walking instead in the morning.

  2. So much insight shared in this article, Julie! I hit a similar point with running (and I self-identify as a RUNNER) and needed a change. I started a new membership at a gym with 30-minute boot camp classes and it is so much fun! It was just what I needed to feel refreshed and I’m glad you’re feeling that way, too! You look happy and strong and I’m sure you banked some great memories at the same time 🙂

  3. Great story, lady! Thanks for sharing – if you find yourself dreading doing something its so good to step back and reflect on WHY. You look so happy in these pics : )

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