Because I Can.

I can run. But I’m not a runner.

Baltimore 5K Running Festival

Moving has been a lot more difficult trying than I expected. Don’t say “I told you so” Mom! I’ve really learned a lot without even really noticing; a lot about my relationships with people, a lot about what I want [or have no idea what I want..] out of life, and most importantly, I’ve really learned a lot about myself.

Without a job, I have a lot of time on my hands. That’s not to say I’m not filling that time—blogging, job searching, side work, studying for my personal training certification—I definitely keep myself busy. But that’s a lot of time by myself and it’s a lot of time thinking, whether I like it or not. It’s brought me to think about being comfortable with myself. It’s brought me to realize that I can throw my old routine to the wolves and still make it out alive. I also think about the things that truly make me happy.

Love Nugget Jilly Bubbie Brittany

Bear Republic Cheers

I’ve really learned more about myself in these past few months than I thought I would. Last week was kind of rough [read: I was rough on myself.] It seemed like no matter what I was doing, who’s method I was trying, what workouts I was doing, the scale went up [I know. Toss the scale.], my clothes felt tighter, and I just didn’t feel great. I took an extra rest day because my legs legitimately hated me and the thought of moving. So Saturday night, I decided that Sunday would be a run day. I wanted to prove to myself that I can still run.. at least a 5K. Because everyone runs, so why shouldn’t I?

So I ran. I ran a 5K, then I walked a little, and ran a little more. I totaled 5 miles on the treadmill and then met Nathan for a quick run over to get some coffee. And in that time I realized that I can run, but I’m not a runner. I don’t enjoy it. My body doesn’t enjoy it. It doesn’t clear my head. It’s just not fun for me. But you know what? That’s ok. I don’t have to be a runner because other people are. Hell of an idea, right?

I enjoy lifting—I enjoy Best Body Bootcamp [darn this being the last one!]—and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ll still do 5Ks because I like the feeling of finishing. And I’ll still run when I feel like it every now and then. Because I can. Not because it’s what good for other people. It’s crazy that it took so long to figure out.

Park Chalet Fun Run

Weekly Meal Plan

SundayChipotle Mango BBQ Chicken Salad [this one got pushed from last week]
Monday One Pot Moroccan Chicken + Chickpeas with Pistachio Couscous and Goat Cheese
TuesdayBaked Turkey Meatballs, Honeyed Cauliflower, & spiralized veggies
WednesdayChicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry [with added mushrooms. Because why not?]
ThursdayPork Carnitas tacos with roasted red pepper, pineapple salsa, and rice
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Buffalo chicken, baked onion rings, and roasted brussels sprouts

If you’re ever looking for help with meal planning, shoot me an email!

Food for Thought

Do you enjoy running?
What’s on your menu this week?

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21 thoughts on “Because I Can.

  1. I can actually really relate to this. I had to move due to the military I have found myself jobless and looking. I’m never really bored but I do have a lot of free time on my hands between looking for a job. I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last 6 months but honestly I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

  2. I was JUST thinking the same thing about running this weekend. In all honestly, I don’t overly enjoy it. It’s not something that’s easy for me. What I enjoy is spending time outside (the spring-like Bmore weather this weekend did wonders for my mood). What I enjoy is the accomplishment of finishing 3 miles when at one point in life I couldn’t even go 5 minutes.

    As for marathons? Well I’ll leave that to someone else.

  3. Good for you for realizing what you actually like-it’s hard for people to reflect on that! I sometimes think it’s hard not to get caught up in doing things because you think you should. I love running and doing random fitness classes. I’ll never be that girl that does all of P90x or beachbody programs because I really don’t like workout dvds. I also mainly feel this way about eating, I can never follow a certain type of eating plan or style. I like everything in moderation and limit some things that I know can bother me.

  4. I like to run… Though I never reflected on it 😀 I like this feeling of freedom when you run. You run, it seems to you that you can’t any more. And then there is THAT feeling. I don’t know, can do it I such strange 😀

  5. I enjoy running when I have girlfriends to run with, otherwise I can do short distances, up to 6 miles by myself, training my 14 year old to run long distances with me though hehe

  6. It’s amazing how tough moving is. We’ve moved several times in our short married life and it always takes about a year to adjust to the new place and really feel like we’re home. Thanks for linking up your yummy meal plan!

    • The longest we’ve ever been in one place is about 2 years and this was definitely a big move so the adjustment is taking longer for sure. I think we’re starting to settle in more now though.

  7. I’m right there with you! I like to run (occasionally) but I’m not “a runner.” I definitely prefer bootcamps, yoga, pilates, etc. I like to switch it up and long distance running just isn’t my thing. Sometimes I feel left out when people talk about their marathon training, but then I realize, to each their own!

    Good luck with the moving!!

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  9. This post is amazing! I also smiled to myself at the “I know, toss the scale” part. Did you put that in for me? 😉
    I used to try to force myself to be a runner and to make it my thing. I watched all these bloggers kick ass at running and talk about the runners high, do half marathons, speedwork. I really tried to like it. And every now and then I will run but it’s pretty much only when I have to or when it’s the convenient workout for me. I’ll go out of my way to attend spin or a bootcamp but running? Eff that. It’s just not me and I’ve pretty much accepted that but now even when I run it’s 4 miles or less, and then I beat myself up for “only” doing that much. But I should be proud to even have run at all especially given I’m not into it!

    • Ha you know that part about the scale was for you! Definitely don’t go out of my way for running, but it’s nice to have that option when you’re out of town if there isn’t a gym nearby. And I totally get that feeling of “only” 4 miles when I see other people sharing their “nice, slow 10 mile runs that felt great!” haha

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