Who Gives Up Running?


Most of the world will give you a pat on the back for running a marathon, shaving seconds off your 5K, or just shoving your feet into sneakers three days a week.

Most of the world will look at you a little crazy when you say, “I’m giving up running.”

I mean, who thinks of exercise as an addiction that might require the exercise (pun intended) of moderation and self-restraint, even abstinence? Well, apparently I’m not the only one.

I got so excited when I read this post by Chocolate Covered Katie, that I just had to share it with you. By the way, all of her posts are fantastic and most are delicious!

Why I Gave Up Running

And if you’re looking for more of my personal story on this topic, you check it out here at FINDINGBalance: 

Reclaiming Fitness, part 1

and

Reclaiming Fitness, part 2

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2 thoughts on “Who Gives Up Running?

  1. Hi Abby,

    I can understand the need to cut back on something that has become obsessive and was causing mental and/or physical damage. Having something we love turned against us is another very common way we can be under attack, spiritually, by the old enemy.

    However, as we were promised : “the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”, when all these things come together they provide the balance that we need e.g. the joy and the peace come with the gentleness and self-control, though which comes first is probably like the chicken and egg debate.

    Some years ago I used to run almost every day after work and really looked forward to it. It was never totally obsessive though and if the weather was bad I often didn’t bother. These days I have to push myself to go out for a run and don’t really enjoy the first couple of miles. After that I usually get into the swing of it and start to enjoy my surroundings. I then find that my mind starts to unravel problems which I have got bogged down with. Afterwards I feel good from the fresh air, exercise and a more relaxed mind. The main thing now is that I don’t care much about the time and speed, but run at what feels comfortable. My 8k run yesterday was excellent and I stopped in a few places to enjoy the stunning views. Just walking wouldn’t have been the same.

    Physical exercise is VERY good for those suffering with depression and/or anxiety as it helps to burn up the excess adrenaline. Running, skiing and windsurfing certainly helped me tremendously when I was going through a difficult time. I think it’s just about getting the balance right.

    So maybe now that you have found your balance and found the holy spirit, you could trust yourself to run and to be in total control, and feel the joy and peace ? 🙂

    all the best,

    DC

  2. David,
    You’re absolutely right. In fact, it’s kind of like exploring for me. At first, I tended to be wary about exercise, though I never quit doing it, I always feared that I would become obsessive with it again and since running was my “drug” for lack of a better term, it scared me the most. However, I’m learning now not to look at all my life through the lens of a former anorexic, but to look at all good things – like exercise – as something God has indeed given me to enjoy.
    That said, I don’t usually run for a workout. There are times, out with the dog when I just feel like running and we’ll go a few miles. Maybe someday, it will draw me in again, but for now, I love walking outdoors and my workouts are different types. Also, I doubt I will ever run competitively again. It goes to my head 🙂

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