A few weeks ago, before the full weight of the flu symptoms hit me, I headed out to take pictures of Vancouver’s Sun Run.
The Sun Run is a huge deal in this city and features 50,000 participants!!!! It’s no surprise that it’s the largest race in Canada.
As I stood there taking pictures early that Sunday morning, I realized it had been over a year since I last ran. What began as a stress fracture induced hiatus turned into plantar fasciitis and an undetermined leave of absence from the sport.
And while I can admit that at first I was sad not to be able to run it soon became a fact of life and I found myself embracing other forms of cardio (Zumba anyone?!?).
Which is all to say I was alright with my status as a non-runner. Those days were behind me, I told myself. Surely I was better off without the stress of running on my body.
During the Sun Run 2012, each time a new wave of runners started I would feel those old undeniable emotions. That mixture of excitement, nerves, and adrenaline that told me I had to be out there!
So for the past few weeks, a couple of co-workers and I have been following a learn to run a 10k program. I’m starting from scratch but that’s okay – it feels absolutely glorious to be back pounding the pavement!!!
Because the next time 50,000 people run the streets of Vancouver – I intend to be out there!!!
Question: Have you ever taken an extended break from a sport you used to love? Did you ever go back? How did it feel?