Taking A Year Off From Running (Sort Of)

by Willie on April 2, 2017

in BEDA, Begin Again, Daily, Fitness, Running, Weight Loss

You may have noticed that the “running” part of Fueled By Running has been absent.

When 2017 began, I told myself that my main focus was going to be on weight loss. I let myself go over the course of a couple years and I wanted to get myself back to my prime shape.

To do that, I had to focus less on running and more on just getting my weight down. Don’t get me wrong, I really like running but it’s uncomfortable when you run with extra weight. Your legs just don’t function to a higher level as they once did. It’s hard and it gets to you mentally.


I decided to take a year off from running in 2017. Well, not quite completely. I’m not running any half marathon or higher this year. I had a string of bad runs and I need to give my mind and body a break. That’s the big reason why I’m taking the year off.

The second reason is that I’m a tight ball of muscles. I have some mobility issues that need sorting out. I don’t move as efficiently as I did before. I’m sure that didn’t help my runs either.

What will I run?

The preferred distance of choice has been around a 5K. I can handle it and it’s a good training distance for exercise.

Will I ever go back to running longer distances?

I’m sure I will. My main focus is to drop weight. It will make running easier and more enjoyable.

For now, I actually miss it. Especially more since Angela is getting back to it. But I know my body. I know have a few things to work on before running becomes comfortable again.

Until then, I’ll keep cheering runners on from the sidelines.

Are you a runner? When is your next big race?

  • Maryfran Clingan

    What a good post. So many people do not listen to their bodies and end up hurting themselves more. This is a journey to health and sometimes that means stepping back!!

    • Thank you Maryfran! You definitely have to listen to your body. It’s about being smart. Thanks again for reading!

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