Let’s Start Running Again: Can I Get a Do-Over?

Last year, I was a running maniac. I was running three times a week, averaging around 20 miles. That’s not a lot for some people, but for me it was. Some of my runs were amazing, but some were straight up awful. The coolest thing I did? I ran my first half marathon. If you would have asked me ten years ago if I’d ever run more than a mile, I’d laugh in your face.

Why did I stop?

I injured myself on mile ten at the half marathon. I did complete it, even though my legs were hardly functioning. My runner’s knee decided to come back in both knees, and I did something awful to my groin. I was straight up miserable for about a week after. I traded in my running shoes for training ones and started to spend more time at the gym focusing on strength training. I went just about every day to strengthen my muscles, but then I got burned out, and took about two months off of everything. The only thing I did was walk my dogs three times a day, hiking, yoga, and stretching. To be honest, I’ve never felt better.

Why start again if I'm feeling better?

It’s not just running I want to get back into. I started running years ago for my mental health and fun. When I started training, it became a chore, and it gave me anxiety. I kept forcing myself to do it when I didn’t want to because of the “race.” That’s when it became not-so-fun. Six miles is my comfort zone and anything other that starts to break me down. I want to get back into running for the fun of it. I want to challenge myself and enjoy it again. No, I won’t be training for any half marathons. Maybe I’ll do a couple of 5ks here and there, but I just want to run for the fun of it again. I miss my little 3-5 milers. Can I run three miles right now? Yes, but it’s not as easy as it used to be. I love heading out to the trails when I’m traveling to run at a light pace for a couple of miles, and it makes my days a little better. Most importantly, I like having the choice of running or not running.

Here is a post I wrote when running was fun, and before I started training for races. This is the runner I want to be again. (link here)

What about the injuries?

Luckily, they haven’tย bothered me at all. I took enough time stretching, icing, strengtheningย and babying my body for a while, so I’ve been cleared to get out there again, but slowly. Yoga and stretching have been beneficial with strengthing my IT band. I look forward to doing yoga regularly and furthering my practice. Yoga for newbie advice is welcome!

What will I do differently this time??

Better post-run routines. Instead of just jumping into my car after a run, I’m going to walk it off, stretch more, chug more water, and ice! I also plan on starting slow. I love to do running drills to get me into shape at the track, so I’ll most likely start there with two minutes on and two minutes off. I’m going to treat myself as if I’ve never run a mile before and start from the basics. I am going to get fitted for new shoes, and do everything like a newbie! I’m ready to re-write this running relationship.

Whats your game plan for the next three weeks?

It’s so cold right now, so treadmill running is about all I can handle. Luckily, it’s going to be warm next week, and I’ll be able to do some drills outside.

This month’s goal is not about distance or speed. It’s about time. I always focus on running for more minutes rather than my pace/distance. That’ll come naturally. I Iove doing the five minutes on and five minutes off drills. For the next three of weeks, I’ll be running 5 minutes/walk five minutes for 45 minutes a day, four days a week.

After I complete these three weeks of drills, I’ll create my running schedule for spring. It’ll be a flexible schedule, and if I don’t feel like running that day, I’ll just walk! I love to walk too. I don’t want any expectations, or let downs with running. It’s supposed to be fun, that’s why I started doing it in the first place. I can’t wait to get back out there for the fun of it.

Questions for you

  1. Have you ever taken a hiatus from something you love because it started to become a chore?
  2. Have you thought about running again?
  3. Would you like to see updates on my running progress?



  • Meghan

    Hey Taralynn! I’m going through the same thing with running except my pain hasn’t gotten any better (started almost a year ago) — would you be willing to share some of the strength exercises and stretches you used to heal?

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  • Amanda

    Hi TaraLynn, I’m not sure if this question is too personal, and if so you don’t need to answer. But I had to quit running because I devolped HA and an obsessive relationship with it. I finally decided to quit about 5 months ago, instantly healed from HA after 3 months of only walking. Now, I am absolutely ITCHING to get back into the sport … but in a healthier way of course. Did you have experience HA from over exercising/running?

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  • Jackie

    Very interested in the shoes you decide to go with! I have over pronation and mostly walk and hike. I’ve been trying to research shoes for a couple months. Good luck with your plan! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • mallory

    YAY RUNNING! I’m running the Boston Marathon in APril and getting ready to really dive into some training – good luck with your new running journey and I will support you along the way! This is what I love about the sport, its always going to be there when we’re ready:)

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  • Annelies

    This is exactly the same thing I am going through these days. I was training for my first marathon when in January 2016, my heart literaly told me to stop. Today I have medical approval to run again. It has been two years, so I am starting with 2 minutes on 2 minutes off as well. Competition is not my game anymore. And on top of that I gained a lot of weight after I stopped running, so I need to get that covered too. Healthy running is my top prioriteit in 2018. So happy to read I am not alone. so Yes, please keep us up to date on your running. Mainly hoping to see you have lotโ€™s of fun. ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  • Emily

    Have you read the book Born to Run? I recently finished reading it and not only did it motivate me to start running again, it had a lot information I found (and you might too!) really interesting/useful! For example, I learned that modern running shoes that cushion your feet have actually lead to increased rates of injury among runners because they alter the natural motion of your feet and put more pressure on your joints/ligaments, eek. It’s definitely worth looking into if you’re interested in the running form/styles used by people who casually run insane distances (50+ miles, yikes)! (Ahaha this entire thing definitely sounds like an ad but I just thought I’d mention it because I finished binge-reading the book last night)

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    I’ve had the same experience with running! I LOVE running, but I honestly just got super burned out when it started to feel like a chore. AND I was terrible about caring for my body. I never stretched afterwards, and never iced. So my hips and knees and back all suffered. I pretty much took the entire summer off AND skipped out on my favorite half marathon of the year because I just wasn’t ready to come back to it.
    Now I crave it again! AND I make sure to stretch after every run. The icing… Well I’m working on that haha.

    So happy to hear that you’re going to be running again too! I guess distance does make the heart grow fonder sometimes :).

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Susie!

      Sounds like me for sure. The “training” made me burn out. I love the casual running.

      I don’t want to forget to stretch though! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Jen

    Totally hear you! I got really into running in 2016 and did a ton of long races and by the time I got to my last scheduled half marathon, I was DONE. Itโ€™s been 4 months and Iโ€™ve only run and handful of times. I beat the joy out of it. Iโ€™ll get back into it when it warms up, but I have no desire to get into racing again anytime soon. Would love to read about your progress, and your mindset of doing it for fun is wonderful. It shouldnโ€™t be work and drudgery.

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  • Rachel

    i had to take a major hiatus from running about this time last year. I was soooo burned out that I could manage my runs in the morning, then I was EXHAUSTED the rest of the day, like needing to stay in bed. So I took about three months off before I was able to even run three miles without feeling like it was 20 miles. Now I only run maybe once or twice a week 3-5 miles , and it’s working out pretty well so far! But no planned races in the future. And I’m ok with that:)

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  • Lacey

    I would LOVE to see running updates from you! I used to be an avid runner but somewhere down the line, I stopped running. I am too thinking about starting to run again. I used to love it and I miss that connection I maintained with myself while running.

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  • Katie

    Love this post!! As usual inspiring me to get better at running. I have literally been following you since the start of your first blog on tumblr, love reading your posts! xx

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  • Kim

    What kind of yoga do you do, and how often? Do you take a class or do it at home? I’m really looking to get into it and would love your perspective!

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  • Carrie

    I’m right there with you! Half marathon training is hard because it ends up taking so much time, especially towards the end of the training. I got injured during my last half and haven’t run much since. I miss those 3-5 milers!

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  • Kyla Woelfle

    Yay girl! Glad to hear you are getting back into running again – and it is because you want to do it!
    Looking forward to your updates on your running progress and hope it brings you more joy into all aspects of your health/life!

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  • Allie

    Good post! I never EVER thought I would be a runner (I remember coaches and gym teachers commenting on my inability to run fast as a kid/teenager — in retrospect all I can think is, How Rude! said in Stephanie Tanner voice) My sister got me to train for a half about 4 years ago and I fell in love with running but then life changes (moving, new job, more hills at new city) and I fell out of love with it (mainly because it felt I was forcing myself and because I’d gotten out of shape). I like the idea of starting completely new, as a beginner! I’m inspired to get some new shoes and go for a run now…

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  • Melissa

    I usually take a hiatus during the wintertime because it gets extremely cold where I live and it just hurts my body so during the winter months I still exercise but focus on doing cardio/strengthen training through the exercise I can stream on my roku. I usually do these workouts throughout the year anyway before my family gets up in the morning so I can at least cram in 30 minutes a day. If I have time (when it is warmer), I will run after work or on my lunch break. I miss running during the winter but just hate the space a treadmill takes up and just hate feeling like a hamster on a wheel! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I used to get sooo obsessed with my finish time that I quit running races. I have decided this year that I am going to start pushing myself to run/walk longer races and if my finish time isn’t what I think it should be I can work on that but not sweat over it. I enjoy participating in races and running and I need to remember that. It’s more important that I am getting out there and staying active, I don’t need to obsess over the little details. Let’s see if that will work for me this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    But I completely agree running is mental health workout for me as well!

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    So glad to hear you’re ready to get back in to it. I think whenever something becomes stale or becomes an unwanted chore it’s time for a break. The same thing happened with me because I was pushing myself too hard and doing too many HIIT workouts. Once I stepped back, tried some different types of workouts for a while my body and mind were rested and ready to add HIIT back in to the mix. I’d love to hear more about your running as you move forward! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  • Hannah

    1. I had the same issue training for all of my half marathons. For some reason though I always want to do more even though I start to dread running closer to the race.
    2. All the time ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a fair weather fan though. I’m from Wisconsin and this cold weather is crazy to run in. I’d rather go snow shoeing or snowshoe running (for fun)!
    3. Yes!

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  • Ana

    Im currently on a lifting hiatus (started january 1st). I have been consistently lifting weights for almost 3 years now and am honestly super bored with my workouts. I realised I was beating myself up for not enjoying my workouts lately, which made me enjoy them even less! Im sticking to 6am cardio before work and the occasional pylo/hiit training sessions. It’s good to take a break and just get back to ground 0 every once in a while. Good luck on your journey back to running! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Emmie Giles

    It’s so great that you’re writing about this! Thanks for being so real as always and sharing your struggles ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve had the same kinda issues with running and am recently getting back into it after some time off. Keeping things enjoyable and injury free this time!

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  • Charity

    I wish I loved running! I would KILL to be able to run a 5K but I have zero stamina– and a bad knee! Honestly, I wouldn’t even know where to start. Ha! I hope you find your love for it again though and if you ever have any good tips for someone completely new to running, I’ll be the first person to listen up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Anastasia

    You are so inspirational! I have had a very similar relationship with running. It went from being fun to being a dreaded chore. I am still easing my way back into things. I usually run with my mom and we run 3 minutes walk 2 minutes about 2 times a week and sometimes we just head to the gym and skip the run! …or we just go get coffee and bagels… balance!!

    Thanks for being so awesome, honest, and motivational!!

    Good luck on your new running relationship <3

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  • Jenn @ Five Borough Bucket List

    I definitely went through something similar when training for my first half. When running becomes more about “I have to hit this mile total” then it stops being as fun. At the end of my marathon training, I just wanted it to be race day so I could stop getting up early for long runs and stop stressing over fitting my miles in.

    I feel the same way you do regarding running and anxiety. When I don’t run (or can’t, like now with the miserable cold), I become a miserable person. I’m not motivated, my depression acts up, and I’m anxious all the time. Once I can get outside for a run, I’m all good again.

    I had IT band issues a few years ago (it flared up on a run and was so bad that I had to call my mom to get me from the side of the road because I couldn’t even walk) and I tried EVERYTHING (stretching, PT, new shoes, acupuncture, a cortisone shot) and nothing helped except for strengthening my glutes and hips. I know you do a lot of strength training, so adding things like clamshells, side leg lifts, and leg swings (I sit on the floor with my legs straight out in front of me, and then swing my left leg to the left side while wearing an ankle weight) should also help ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Tara @ Run and Live Happy

    I’m in the same boat you are right now! I worked myself until I hated running and was forced to stop because of injury. I just felt guilty if I didn’t go run. I don’t want to be back in that place. I want to enjoy it again! I’m just now starting back after not running since June and surgery, so it’s going to be a long road back to running any amount of miles. But, I want to do it because I enjoy it, not because I feel like I have to, or that I have to train for a race. Right now is all about loving it again. Good luck to you and I definitely want to see running updates!

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  • Andrea

    I loved this post! I’ve been a runner for years, definitely to keep me sane. But I took two months off because ya, it just wasn’t fun, it felt like a grind. I went for my first run of the year this week, I did it just for fun didn’t even wear my garmin and it was bliss! Thanks so much for sharing! (I’m also an Asics girl!)

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  • Liceth Rodriguez

    Hi Taralynn!! I must say I love your blog and am a huge fan:) As someone who use to run (cross country in high school) this blog post definitely relates to me. I am so glad you are getting back into running . I too want to start running again . I use to run for a sport in high school and then just because it was fun as well. Then I graduated and life happened . More so I started working full time and exercise/running took a back seat to everything else. on a more positive note I want to start running again. As my day off today I am currently out shopping for new running shoes and a cool new water bottle . I want to start back from basics and get back into the groove of running and just exercising again. One thing I want to tell you is that your blog has been a saving grace for me . You always go on about health above all else more so for the benefits rather than weightloss. As someone who is starting my healthy journey to a better me , I truly appreciate your wise words on a healthy lifestyle . You truly are an inspiration . Sooo I’ll quit rambling now and just hope you do post more about your running journey!!! I know I will look forward to reading about your journey as I begin mine as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Sarah

    The timing of your post is so interesting, because I’m also currently trying to get back into running after taking time off following my last half marathon over the summer. I stumbled across my strategy while reading other people’s New Year’s Resolutions online and have loved it so far. For the entire month of January, my goal is to run at least one mile per day. Some days I run two or three, but I’m also giving myself permission to run one and walk or strength train after. I can already feel my endurance building, but love that I don’t feel the anxiety of a rigorous training schedule and also don’t feel like running is taking over my entire workout schedule. Good luck with your new training schedule – I’m excited to read about your progress!

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  • Sara

    I totally feel you with the running thing! I was a varsity NCAA distance runner for all 4 years and ran competitively in middle school and high school before that. I became so obsessed and goal-oriented even after college that I eventually got burned out. I started to equate my self-worth with my performances and it made running a chore instead of being healthy mentally and physically. Taking time off has really allowed me to enjoy it more and do it because it FEELS GOOD. Now, I do lots of yoga and cross-training and run only when I really crave it (usually just a couple times per week). Here is my biggest piece of advice: Listen to your body! If you feel like crap, it’s not worth putting yourself through the motions. Treat your body the way you would treat a best friend you were taking care of – go easy on it! You should think of all exercise as a stress-reliever and a way to break a sweat doing something you love. Don’t worry about the outcomes, it’s all about the journey! Best of luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Kathy Findlay

    Hi Tara
    I used to do Triathlon years ago, but got injured from the running and so for the last 3 years I’ve concentrated on swimming and in 2016 I completed an 11 mile one way Windermere Lake Swim in Cumbria, England in the Lake District. After that I lost the lust and took a long break which on and off spanned across all of 2017.
    I’m back swimming now and have entered a few 10km swims for the Summer!
    I believe exercise can be an addiction, just like any other ‘feel good’ drug. It’s important to keep it in moderation. I’ve seen lots of runners with a very warped sense of what is ‘normal’ and they frequently run through injury after injury after injury.
    You’re in tune with what works for you, mentally, so get back into it and see how it goes ๐Ÿ˜€
    I certainly wanna see the updates.
    Good luck and enjoy x

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  • Kara

    Hi Taralynn! Been an OG follower for some time now, and love that you did this post. I am a very avid runner and actually completed my first full marathon this past year, and was it definitely an experience. Some advice that Iโ€™ve receiced is to not be afraid to take time off. Between my season I typically do so as to regroup and refocus. Also, making sure you have good shoes is really really important as it is the leading cause of injury in runners; improper shoes. Weight training is also a big one, as it helps build strength everywhere which will benefit you in the long run

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  • Harriet

    You have so got this!! please do updates on your progress! Or the odd post. One of my resolutions for this year is to get my running back on track, I took hiatus for 2 months after my half marathon as long runs (9 – 10 miles) would seriously affect my endo, it’s been under control so far so I have been doing drills, or running lampshades and I am enjoying my runs more.

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  • Hannah A


    I felt exactly the same way about recently stopping running because it was more of a “have” to, rather than a “want” to! My boyfriend (*cough* excuse me, *fiance’* โ™ฅ), and I are planning to run a half marathon this year, and I can see a lot of the things you talked about happening while training!

    I am SO torn… I want to accomplish this, and doing it with someone I love will make it that much more rewarding, I think, but I’m a little scared!

    I am also getting back into regular weight training workouts in order to tone up for our upcoming wedding, and that, at least, has me really excited! Who DOESN’T want to look amazing on the beach on their honeymoon?? I sure do ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I would definitely love to keep reading updates about how you and running are getting along! It definitely helps to know someone else is working on the same things you are and gives me someone to relate to!

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  • Sophia Selaine

    Ironically I took a break from yoga right after I completed my yoga teacher training. I was so drained from it! I did other stuff (cycling, strength training, barre) for a couple months and when I got back to my mat it was like…. returning to a lover!
    I think itโ€™s great that youโ€™re getting back into running without the burden of an โ€œexpectationโ€, but simply to find joy!
    As far as yoga, I would say that going to classes is really important as you get the basics down. An instructor can help correct form and give really helpful tips for habits you may have. However, once you get the hang of it, a great way to save money and not be a slave to a studio schedule is to use an online service like yoga glo. I have it for my husband and I and itโ€™s basically the Netflix of yoga! He can get beginner classes and I can take advanced classes all on the same platform. Plus they offer programs which are a complement to other types of training, so following a โ€œrunnersโ€ program a few days a week sounds like itโ€™d be a a good fit.
    Anyways, love your blog and Iโ€™m excited for the sharing youโ€™ll be doing in 2018!

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  • Jordan

    I love this! I feel this way every time I sign up for another long distance run. Running becomes a chore and I get burnt out. So yes, after every half-marathon that I have run, I have taken some time off.

    I’m just starting to run again after my last half (and this time training for a marathon — I’m hoping to “train slowly” so I don’t get as burnt out.) And I just got fitted for shoes and absolutely loved the process! It was definitely a game changer to learn how my body runs naturally.

    I would love to see updates about your running progress. Running changed my life and I know that it has and will continue to change SO many other lives.

    One tip I got while getting my gait analysis done – you should stretch for half the time you spend running. So, since you are planning on walk/running for 45 minutes, you should spend roughly 25 minutes stretching after. Who knew? Hope that helps and I look forward to seeing your progress!

    Run happy!

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  • Angela

    I’ve just recently started running. I did the race in downtown Detroit on thanksgiving day before the parade 2017. I’ve followed your blog since the undressed skeleton days and have always found inspiration from your articles. As you go back to basics, what speed on the treadmill do you run at?

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  • Shannen

    Good luck! I remember how much you would talk about running before. Even though I donโ€™t enjoy running, I could see how much you did! I hope you find your way back to a place where you can comfortable love running again!

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  • Carrie

    I felt burnt out after my last half as well. Iโ€™m also trying to start running again but I feel like Iโ€™m back at square one! I related 100% with everything though. Those 3-5 mike runs are so relaxing!

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  • Meg

    You should look into following madeline_moves on instagram and she also has a blog! Sheโ€™s a runner who uses strength training to build muscle and strengthen her body ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™ve found her workouts really helpful since Iโ€™m also an injured runner. Just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Michelle

    I wish it wasn’t so cold here! I’ve been wanting to start running. I loved it when I was younger and we have a trail by our house! Thank you for sharing your journey. I’m going to start again!

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  • Siobhan

    I would love to see your running progress. You always inspire me to be more active and I think you being a โ€œnewbieโ€ runner again will help me finally get out there and try it myself. I would also love to see updates on your yoga journey. Iโ€™ve been doing yoga here and there from online videos (Yoga With Adriene is awesome) but I am trying to become more dedicated to it this year.
    Good luck with your running goals! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  • Krista

    Have you ever taken a hiatus from something you love because it started to become a chore?
    – Yes, I took a break from running after completing a half marathon in late 2016. I had no injuries, and I enjoyed running the half marathon, but I really needed a break from all of the training on top of working 5 days a week, sometimes more. I also had to start planning a wedding, so that took up a lot of my free time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have you thought about running again?
    – Oh, absolutely. I got back into running about 4 months after I took the short hiatus. However, I have kept it short distances (3-4 miles) instead of focusing on long runs. I enjoy that way more, because 5Ks are easy to train for with my work schedule.

    Would you like to see updates on my running progress?
    – Of course!

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  • Sophie

    Would love to hear updates! I’m coming back into running after some injuries as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Ashton Jury

    I’d love to see updates on your progress! I have run one Ragnar Trail run 15.8 miles and a few 5 & 10ks but my ultimate goal is a half marathon. I haven’t been running either because I get the worst shin splints but I’m working on strength training and making time for walking and hydrating. I know what you mean about things becoming a chore, I love to bake but fell out of it for a while because I always felt like coworkers and friends just expected it all the time. But now after the holidays I’m kinda back it, and enjoying the kitchen again. It probably helps that I got a new toy (an air fryer) so I can’t wait to try some new things in it!

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    I would love to see updates on your running programs! I’m glad that you found the love for it again, I often know that when we make our hobbies are job, we no longer have the same passion for it. I went through a Hiatus with exercise actually a while ago, and I listed it under a post on my blog called what happened when I didn’t exercise for 10 days. Check it out! It was a good mental and physical Refresher.

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  • Maximiliane

    I’ve been there so many times, I’ve lost count! Drawing for one, running and yoga for the other. Especially when following training plans or if I fall into the comparison trap I tend to lose interest or the desire to continue on and it all becomes forced. It’s always a bit sad when something one loves turns into something that feels like a chore. I love that you’re going at it again though – that inspires me, and I’m sure many of your other readers as well! I’ve definitely thought about running again and have made a gazillion excuses why not to – a legit one though is that we have a wind chill advisory almost every day right now so that makes it difficult. I’d love to see updates on your progress!

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  • Anja

    Hey Taralynn,

    Aren’t you ever scared running alone on tracks you don’t know?

    Best wishes from Germany,

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  • Sasha

    Hi Tara! I think its great youre trying to run again. Iโ€™ve been running for the past 15 years and thereโ€™s nothing like finishing a great run! Just be careful, because running 4x a week is still doing a lot for starting over again….if I were you I would try to do 2 run days a week, 2 days of leg strength training and 1 day of yoga/stretch. I know everyone is different but thats the best way to avoid injury! And remember to fuel properly before and after ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Leslie

    Hey Taralynn,
    So I took about a two month hiatus from essentially all running, biking, strength training, etc in the fall because of a knee injury. All I was cleared to do was swimming and walking. I was still able to get my steps in most of the time, but I definitely lost toning and that took a toll on my self confidence (I’m getting married in the summer and I want to rock my dress! That along with not wanting to spiral out of my good habits I had built was stressing me out)
    Just got cleared to start working out again, but slowly, so I’m working with the elliptical and circuit training. I’m going back to the basics too using the tools that first helped me when I went on my weight loss journey. But it’s been a couple of weeks and I already feel better overall! Good luck on reclaiming the love of running! Also, just be careful on treadmills and if you can find an indoor track instead, that’d be ideal. My physical therapist was telling me how most treadmills have steel plates and can do more harm than good on bad knees. Thought I’d share! Good luck!

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  • Mallory

    This is so ironic that youโ€™re posting this because Iโ€™m currently going through what you went through. My knees are killing me. X-rays have showed nothing. Now Iโ€™m starting to dedicate myself to yoga. Ice helps but not much. Iโ€™d love to hear any secret tips you experience that may help. Itโ€™s a complete mystery to my doctor and Iโ€™m totally bummed out! I wish you the best of luck getting back into running. Iโ€™m so jealous and hope I can get back to it! Xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    I stopped running too, but not because I was injured, because I realised I hated it. It just wasn’t the sport for me. I’m more into competitive games and I’ve realised that’s alright too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I wish you luck in running again. You can do it โค๏ธโค๏ธ

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  • Anonymous

    Before you get fitted for new running shoes, I would recommend seeing a podiatrist. A lot of running injuries come from problems with feet and stride – podiatrists can give you ideas for stretches and also provide custom made orthotics to keep you from getting injured! I kept on running and getting injured, and I also never saw as much improvement in my running as I expected – seeing a podiatrist for a gait analysis was one of the best things I did for my physical health in the last year!

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