Yes, those tired jokes: The only time you'll see me running is if I'm being chased, etc.
Well you know what? It's okay if you're running because you're running away from something. In a metaphorical sense, at least.
Jennifer posted on the Facebook page:
I read some of your blogs & I'm gonna try for 2 months. I used to run..... It's what got me through my divorce. I loved it then but now when I think about it I think Yuck!! I think now I'm just lazy.
I don't know about lazy. I definitely love running MORE when I really need it: after a bad day, during a stressful time, etc. - so during a divorce it would likely feel heavenly. I wonder, though, if part of the "YUCK" is that in your mind, running is now associated with that bad time? If so, doing it a little bit - slowly! - now may unhook it. (Also, if you're a stress runner, you might try it on days that are sort of sucky - you'll probably like it more.)
One of the best things about running is that it makes you feel better. And sometimes the worse you feel, the bigger the benefit.
Lately I've been racking up more and faster miles than I have since, well, probably since I ran my marathon more than a decade ago. When I'm feeling mellow and happy (hey, it's happened), I sometimes have to force myself to run. Afterward I usually feel mellower and happier, but the absolute difference between before and after is a lot less. These days the delta is huge.
So my advice for today is: if you need motivation, think of something that gives you angst, and then go running.