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That runner’s guilt

Last week, one of my friends posted this article from Outside Magazine —> You Can Never Escape Runner’s Guilt

I love that they talk about both sides of runner’s guilt.

Because we’ve all been there — having to miss a run. Because we are too busy at work, oversleep, sick, not feeling up to it, want to go to happy hour, etc., etc.

At the moment (especially when I hit that snooze button…), it sometimes feels like the right decision — but by the end of the day, I always regret it and just feel so guilty for missing a run (especially if I’m in the midst of training). 

And on the flip side, there’s the part of runner’s guilt where you are missing out on other important life things. Especially when runs take hours. 

Because when you are out Running, you are coincidentally missing other important life things. And when you are marathon training, you are really missing out on things because running pretty much takes over your life. There have been so many night’s out with friends or day trips that I’ve had to skip because “that long run.” 

I’ve been criticized for my running in the past; I’ve been told that I’m selfish. Granted, said person is no longer in my life but still… it stings a little bit and makes you think about what they said, no matter who it comes from. 

But then I read quotes like this:

Sometimes I forget that putting myself first... | Crazy Running Girl

And it makes me feel way less guilty. Because the reason that I run is not to be selfish, but to make me a better person. If you’ve ever met me on a day without a run, you get it… 😉 

Kidding, kinda. 

Beyond the physical benefits, running makes me feel human.

Call it meditation if you’d like, but it gives me a chance to calm my mind and think through the issues of the day. I’ve had some great brainstorms for work while on the run; I’ve solved some of my most challenging life’s problems while I’m pounding out the miles.

When the runner’s guilt creeps in —> I remind myself of this. Because I’m not quite sure how I’d get through these times without having a chance to run all the miles. 

And yes, you can call that selfish, and I can feel the runner’s guilt for it. But when it comes down to it, I think in my heart of hearts, I know that it is what makes me a better person — the person I want to be — so the guilt recedes a bit. 

When do you feel runner’s guilt?

Does running ever make you feel selfish? How do you get over it? 

This post first appeared on Crazy Running Girl, please read the originial post: here

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That runner’s guilt


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