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Runner's guilt

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I tend to be a guilty person. (Not like crimes, people!) I feel guilty when others are suffering. I feel guilty when something doesn't go the way it's supposed to (even if it's not my fault or my doing). I feel guilty when I know I could have given more. 


I have a lot of runner's guilt. Runner's guilt is a strange beast. I feel terribly guilty when I don't run on nights I'm "supposed" to run. The training manual tells me to run a certain amount of mileage four times a week. I've only been running three times a week (but got over that guilt during half marathon one). Lately, though, I've been running... maybe twice a week... and maybe not the amount of mileage I'm supposed to. 


Why, why, why do I feel guilty? Who am I letting down? No one... except myself. Who's going to suffer from me not running? No one... except me. And yet sometimes I feel like I'm disappointing others when I don't get my runs in. 


It's ludicrous, I know. Believe me, I know! 


I'm looking forward to releasing the runner's guilt. Bring on Indy! 

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