WHY take a year off from running, anyway?

 From 100 marathons to a YEAR with NO running

Hello, my name is Mara, and I’m a RUNAHOLIC – notice the my name is also the first 4 letters in the word “MARA-THON“, so I believe there may have been a spell cast over me at birth.  Over my life I’ve now run 100 marathons, 5 full Ironman races & 3 70.3 distance triathlons, along with countless 5ks, 10ks, and random other distances.  I can readily admit that I am addicted to running.  I can also readily admit that my body may not hold out much longer on the pavement and if I can’t get my endorphin fix in each day my friends & family may notice a “shift” in my personality (not in a good way).

Rather than waiting for my shins, knees or hips to decide for me that I can’t run anymore, I’m taking matters into my own hands (or feet).  I figure after 100 marathons, it’s good to take a break, so I will spend the next year exploring other means of exercise.  Swimming, yoga, strength training, speed walking, those crazy TV workouts like P90X & Insanity….I hope to find many different ways to get my fix and be in better shape this time next year without running at all. I’d also like to still be happily married & have friends left at the end!

I am open to suggestions so if anyone knows a great workout please share!


3 Responses to WHY take a year off from running, anyway?

  1. Vanessa

    May 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Just started a “learn to row” program…give crew a try. a great change for someone who has been running since high school. giving my knees a break. requires concentration and it is fun!

    • mbars1

      May 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks for the idea Vanessa!

  2. Kara Thom

    May 10, 2012 at 5:32 am

    And my two cents–Cross Fit. Although the last friend I got into CF, is now addicted to that… so… but in the last almost three years of adding cross fit to the mix (once a week only for the first two years and now I’ve incorporated it 2-3X week as part of my run training) I’ve seen vast improvements in my health and fitness. Oh, and I run fewer miles with the improvements. Check out, which is the version for runners and triathletes. Secret is to find a GOOD Cross Fit Gym. I think you’re going to end up really enjoying this year!!


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