I easily become bored. I always have 15 things on my mind. I’m always thinking about the next big item on my to do list. My list of dreams and aspirations is intimidating. When it comes to hobbies I start them left and right, and hardly ever finish a project. It’s not that that I don’t have the patience or drive to finish, it’s that I’m easily distracted and moving onto the next big thing. I guess there are pros and cons to this type of personality and how it can make you bored with running.
Bored with Running
This all recently began to make mores sense after I read a career article about how to keep any job fresh. You can beat boredom, it said. It offered advice on how to switch up your job routine and take on new tasks and responsibilities in order to stay motivated. What really struck me though was a remark in the comments:
“Highly intelligent and creative people get easily bored with their jobs.”
No amount of new tasks will keep us satisfied long-term, the comment said. Suddenly everything clicked. I have seen this boredom, if you will, in other areas of my life too. Exercise and diet are two that easily come to mind. I will get bored out of my mind eating the same foods every day. I’m always quick to quip there aren’t enough variety of foods on hand for my dietary and cooking needs.
When it comes to workouts I dive in, usually head first, go all out and then burn out. Take running. Frankly I have seen my passion for running dwindle to not even much of a fizz this summer. Sure, I’ve had a lot of other commitments taking up my time and energy, but that boredom issue is also in play. I’ve become bored with running. If you are a long-time reader, this should come as no surprise considering I have not been EAT.LIVE.BREATHE running since about November of last year.
I want something new and different for a fitness challenge. But I don’t have a desire to go out and try CrossFit or BodyPump right now. But I do have a desire to practice more yoga, lift weights and ride my bike (more on the bike later). And I don’t feel guilty for leaving running behind right now. Learning to conquer crow pose sounds way more intimidating and challenging. And the challenge is for me, right?
Bored with Running
Why feel guilty? To be 100% honest it has crossed my mind… “Well if I don’t write about running, no one will read my blog.” I love blogging and plan on continuing to blog. But is running really so important that it should consume my thoughts and daily life? No. It’s a hobby, not my lifeblood. I hope that running will always be a part of my life, but right now, in this season, it’s just not a very big part and that’s OK.