Comment of the Week – 2.15.2014

Who wins this week?
Who wins this week?

As I write this, I realize that the sun is actually shining outside!  I haven’t seen the sun for what seems like months.  Could this epic winter be coming to an end?  Even as I write this, I realize I might be jinxing the entire process, so I’ll keep my anti-winter thoughts to my self and move onto the comment of the week!

Who wins this week?  To find out, follow the break.This week, the winner is Janet’s comment on “How Many Days Per Week Do You Run?”

This is a question I struggle with often. In 2012 when I was training for a marathon, I ran 5-6 days per week. Last year it was 5, and currently it’s 3-4. After years of running various race distances, I think I’ve finally realized what makes my body (and mind) the happiest. When I started running almost 20 years ago I raced 5 and 10k’s, ran 3-4 times a week, but did a lot of cross training. I was fast, happy, and hardly ever injured. Then I started focusing on half and full marathons and running started to feel more like a “have to” instead of a “want to.” Part of the problem was that I didn’t have time for the other activities I loved so much.

Janet with her husband and son on her son's first half-marathon!
Janet with her husband and son at her son’s first half-marathon!

After a lot of soul searching, I’ve gone back to training and racing the shorter distances again, running fewer but faster miles, and only running 3-4 days per week. My body is happy, my mind is happy, and I’m regaining the speed I thought I’d lost forever. But there’s still this nagging voice telling me I should be running more – longer runs, more days per week. I don’t want to go back to feeling like runs are “have to’s” and no one is every going to pay me for my race times, so I might as well do what makes me happy.

When we let Janet know she’d won, here’s what she had to say:

I’ve been running for almost 20 years, and got my start by being talked into running a 5k just minutes before it started. I didn’t even know how far 5k was at the time, so I just followed the guy in front of me and hoped he knew where he was going. I ended up being the first woman to finish, and have been hooked ever since.

I live in Cheyenne, WY, have two grown sons, and my husband is also my running partner. My sons run, and my youngest has done several races with me. I’ve run 2 marathons, more than a dozen halves, and too many 5 and 10K’s to count. After spending the last few years focusing on halves and a full, I’m ready to shorten my race distances and work on regaining some of the speed I used to have.

Thanks again for choosing me as the comment of the week! I love the Salty blog and look forward to each post.

Thank you for an amazing comment and a great perspective on running on training!

Enjoy your weekend (and your weekend runs)!

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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