Run Time vs. Life Time

This weekend I read a short post in the New York Times called The Economics of Running and it sparked some thought.

All things have an opportunity cost. While you’re at working late during the week to rock it, that’s time you’re not spending with your family and friends. While you spend time with family and friends, it’s time you’re not spending getting in that long run on Sunday. You lose the opportunity to engage in many things when focused on one.

So the question becomes understanding what holds greater importance in your life, and how to balance it with those that are more trivial. Sound easy? Hell no. It is hard.

work-life-run balance

work-life-run balance

All of a sudden usually after a month of good runs, as in right about now, things in my life become more prominent in my mind than getting a run in. Running almost becomes a roadblock to get to the next activity. I go through phases of love/hate with the guy (the guy, is running). I develop a lust for the feeling of pushing myself for miles and the burn in my legs and chest. And then the lust turns into “I guess I still kinda like you” and then “Please stop calling me”. For example, the past 3 weekends have been full of all-nighters, brunches, and friend and family time. Not running.

Dear Running,

I still love you, but I’m not in love with you. I hope you understand and we can still be friends. It’s not you, it’s me.

All my best,


I recently wrote about the challenges of balancing my running routine with life (here and here). Mind you, I’m only running 3-4 miles a day, not 15 miles like a marathoner in training (the difference of 40 minutes vs. 2 hours). In the beginning of the summer I was hitting the road almost everyday as a mandatory activity, but lately, it is just not as appealing.

Can running coexist with the ebb and flow of life? Of course. I just can’t seem (aka don’t want to) to balance both perfectly  right now, and I’m accepting it.


6 responses to “Run Time vs. Life Time

  1. i love this post- exactly what i was struggling with in my head this weekend. ‘roadblock’ was exactly what my running was coming to. felt like i couldn’t do anything until i ran, but i would push my run off until it was too late to do it or anything else!
    i am taking a break from races (thank goodness i hadn’t paid entry for my first full) and have to learn to like running again. then we can chat about the other ‘l’ word. 🙂
    thanks for affirming that i am not alone!

  2. I don’t run but I can definitely relate to this with going to the gym and spin classes. I love going to the gym everyday but sometimes I’d rather just being doing other things.

  3. Mia {runs and rests}

    I also read that article last week. Yeah, balancing it all is key and difficult. For now, I can’t break up with running as I have my first race to train for.

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