Maybe you can.
I've given it some thought. I've had a tough go of it this summer. I've finally conceded to this relentless PF and pulled back on my mileage and my pacing. By doing so, I've lost a lot of fitness. Combine that with the heat and humidity of summer and my runs have been really tough.
I miss those easy 8-10 milers that I normally run on the weekends.
I miss the fast paced 5-6 milers I bust out during the week.
I miss training for a race.
Right now, I'm happy if I can finish 4 miles without stopping to walk.
I blame the weather and PF but is there more contributing to my problems with running?
Is this the inevitable slowdown that comes with aging? Can I accept that? Should I just hang up my shoes?
People do stop running as they get older. The proof is in the numbers. When I moved from the 45-49 age group into my current old lady group, the drop in the number of participants was dramatic. Arthritis happens. All that wear and tear on the joints takes a toll.
Running has never been easy for me. I don't come from a long line of athletes. Sure, as kids we ran and played from sun up to sundown. But I never formally "ran". I grew up in the 1970s and girls weren't expected to be athletic. There were always girls who ran track and cross country, but the running boom was only beginning.
I started running in my 20s and once I became conditioned I asked myself, what took me so long?
Even though I didn't come from a long heritage of runners or athletes, I soon found that running was actually something I was pretty good at.
I was never super fast, but I held my own. My nerves were the one thing that kept me from pushing my limits. I probably never realized my potential. Which is fine, because I avoided a lot of the injuries that plague some of those more competitive runners.
I never won a race or even came close to placing but running gave me so much more. Calm, confidence, and fitness.
I've had some fun and success with running. In my 50s, I've even had some PRs and AG awards. I've connected with a lot of like-minded runners and made a lot of new friends.
But with the persistence of this plantar fasciitis--we are approaching almost a year of pain--I wonder. Should I give it up?
Maybe the question should be CAN I give it up?
Running has become part of me. Running is who I am. I'm down but not out. It's just PF, although dammit, it needs to go away!
This too will pass, right?
I can't imagine my life without running.
Could you consider giving up running or any other passion? Can you imagine a life without it? Is running part of your heritage?
I'm linking today's post with DebRuns for Wednesday Word. Today's word is heritage. I have to admit I struggled a lot with this word prompt, trying to link it to a running theme. I could have written about my German heritage. But this is a running blog...
I'm also linking up with Michelle, Nicole, Annmarie, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday!
And with Susie, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Coaches Corner! So many posts, so little time.