Friday, September 18, 2009

Burnout or Laziness?


I have a confession to make... Back in the early 2000's I was a running addict. During that time, there was never a day that I wanted to miss out on running. My weekends were always busy with races. I'd run 2, 3, sometimes 4 races a weekend. If there was a race 3 hours away in Mississippi, I'd go. If there was a little race in Baton Rouge where only 10 other people showed up, I'd be there. Every weekend I'd wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning to make the drive to whatever race was going on that day and if there was no race, I'd make sure to get a long run in while I had the chance. I am proud to say that I have overcome my addiction. Over the last two years, I have lost my desire to go to races. Sure, I still love to run, but because of injuries, grandfatherly duties, work around the house, etc. I'm running less and less.

I was thinking about why I have no longer have the desire to wake up at 3 in the morning on Saturdays and make a drive to a race in the area. Could it be laziness or burnout or a combination of the two, or something completely different? After an ankle injury in November of last year during the Ole' Man River Half Marathon, my running started to change. I no longer cared about going to races, in fact, the idea of waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning, getting ready, driving to a race, running the race, driving home and then being tired for the rest of the day is a ridiculous notion to me now. Why would I want to do that, when I could just sleep late, enjoy the day and put in a nice easy 3 or 4 mile run in the evening and not ruin my day off? Also, we get our granddaughter just about every weekend now, so why would I want to be away from home for half the day and not get to spend the time with her when I have the opportunity? Now give me a nice evening race, where we could bring the granddaughter along without waking her up at 4 in the morning and I'll be there! Also, the races have become all the same lately, there are some good ones out there (Four On The Fourth in Covington, Fat Boy in Baton Rouge, Pig Chase in Metairie) but most are just the same year after year, so I guess that's part of the burnout.

So to answer my own question, I think the desire to run races and enjoy the atmosphere is still there inside me, but right now because of other priorities those override the half day getaways, where I'd be going to the same old races year after year. I'm sure I'll make it back to the races one day, but right now there are more important things in life (like staying up late on a Friday night and sleeping late on a Saturday!).

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