A Breakup?

Dear Running,

I’m going to be blunt. I feel like this isn’t working. And I’ve gotta tell ya – it’s you not me. We’ve been at this game for years; and honestly, you make me tired (literally and figuratively). This all started out innocently enough – I saw that all the pretty girls liked you, so I wanted in on you as well.


But, as most tumultuous relationships go, I put too much trust in you. I thought you’d make me prettier. I thought you’d make me happier. I thought you’d make me better. But I was wrong.

You’re tough. You’ve brought me more tears than smiles. More hurting than flirting. More pain, less gain. I think you’re starting to see the point..

I can’t lie, though. We have had some good times. 5Ks, a 5-miler and a 10K were all some of our good days. I can’t pretend those didn’t happen. And those are the things you do that keep me hanging on, coming back for more.

But there’s a new sweet thang on the block, and I like it more than you. Weight Lifting treats me like a lady and makes me feel strong. You make my chest hurt. You make me look like a silly bitch. A fake. Weight Lifting hurts so good – and trust me, it’s so good. Weight Lifting also lets the Elliptical in our relationship without making me feel like a cheater. I am exhausted by the Elliptical guilt you made me feel.

So, Running, things need to shape up or ship out. Should we go on a break? I’m tired of feeling pinned down by you and I’m ready to play the field. My mother always told me “If you love something let it go, if it comes back it’s yours, that’s how you know it’s for keeps, yeah it’s for sure” (Or was that Christina Aguilera?) I want to love you, Running. I want to be like your other fit, toned, pretty mistresses – but I’m tired of pretending like our relationship is easy.


Please don’t try and force yourself on me. Don’t think I’m serious? I’m thisclose toย taking you off my interests on Facebook. Sure, maybe we can have a light jog in the park every once in a while – ย but just as friends. Try and give me some space. I’m really trying to work it out with Weight Lifting and Other Forms of Cardio.

Ta-ta for now,



25 Comments on “A Breakup?”

  1. Ah, I can relate to this so much! No matter how hard I try to get into running, I just can’t get my body to cooperate, or my mind to enjoy it! There are so many other forms of cardio out there, why spend so much time on something you don’t enjoy?

  2. LOVE this!!! There’s so many other forms of exercise or even just hobbies that we can do that we ENJOY; so why waste our times trying to like something that we just don’t? Life’s too short for that, anyways. It really is like staying in a relationship that you’re not happy with. And, hey; maybe you really do just need some time off from it. There was about two years where I was just burnt out from riding (horses.) It didn’t help that it was freshman year of college, so I had so much other stuff going on in my life. It wasn’t until things started settling down that I realized how much I missed it and needed it in my life :]

  3. aimee says:

    This was entertaining! Some days I feel the same way!!!

  4. Love this! I actually love running, but I had allll of those feelings during my half marathon training, toward the end it was a chore, I missed the elliptical, it took up all my time. But I still enjoy it more than those two weeks of higher mileage. Just gotta find the sweet spot (or exercise) that you love and that’s all that matters

  5. Haha!! I know how you feel! Good luck!

  6. Good luck with your break up. Working out should be fun and what you want to do! Never force anything into your life.

  7. Trisha says:

    This is so good! And I think you should do whatever your body is asking you for. We will still love you, whether you’re rockin in out on the treadmill or lifting weights like a crazy girl. Keep workin it!

  8. Michelle says:

    Haha this is so cute!! I love it. I’ve had those same feelings before. I still have them actually, only with the elliptical now. I hate that thing and I think it’s hard to do.

  9. bearrunner says:

    Lol… Man, wouldn’t we all like to breakup with running…

  10. Khushboo says:

    Don’t you go dissing my love like that! Haha just kidding- hilarious post ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This was the best post I’ve read all morning. I’m dying laughing. Running and I got into a bit of a tiff a while ago – and I’ve been weight training more too!

  12. Jess says:

    I really just can’t get into running either. Weight training is the way to go!

  13. Jenny says:

    Yup we were meant to be super awesome friends in different states. I am not a runner, I tried, will never be. Give me my weights please. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Alyssa says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ This made me smile.

    ….buuuuut do you care if I date running for a while? I left him for a week or so after my race, but I think I want him back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. What a fun read!!! I know what you mean about running, but I don’t think I could ever break up with him! I need him more than he needs me. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL!

  16. Ellie says:

    awww haha! sorry but this is really clever and cute! I know what you mean, I just recently started running again and I love the adrenaline rush and being outdoors and all, but deep down inside I’m all about weights and bodyweight workouts with plyo. And when someday I have kids, I plan on doing mostly weight stuff b/c muscle burns calories even after a resting period ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Sara Lang says:

    I know what you mean! I’ve tried to get into running, but my body is so much happier with elliptical, body pump, and zumba. I guess I need to listen to it instead of trying to push running to happen.

  18. This is adorable. You’re so creative! Running is definitely difficult and I’ve wanted to give up many times!

  19. I have had many days where this exact post ran through my head…Sorry for the lame pun.

  20. Maggie says:

    Bahahaha!!! Such good and funny writing.

    Check out this site! You can write a formal letter of complaint to running: http://www.bureauofcommunication.com/compose/air

  21. BrittFit says:

    im not a runner. the fact that you could do it at all is awesome enough!

  22. Love, love, love this!!! While I love running, I have to admit weight-lifting is pretty amazing too!!

  23. Haha! I love your break up letter! I actually just started a relationship with running..we will see how it goes..lol

  24. Uncle Tom says:

    I love this. You’re so dang clever. Here is another way to think about it: it like food (right up your alley). I love pizza. I could ear it ever day. But if I did I am sure that one day I would get bored with pizza. Pizza actually tastes better when you haven’t had it for a while. Linz and I ran a half marathon last week and I was tired of training. I haven’t ran in almost a week now. And guess what? I am exciting about getting on the road again. Anyway just suggesting that workouts are better when varied. So don’t break up with running. Just mix it up. LYS

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