Why I’m Jealous of Non-Runners

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Allegedly, I love running. Why would I ever be jealous of non-runners? People are “jealous” of my will-power, my dedication, my… whatever. No no, don’t be jealous of me. I’m jealous of you.

J was working on a project for a running brand a couple months ago and was obviously chatting with me about it because, running. He said there are basically two types of people – those who “have to run” and those who “need to run”. The people who have to run, he said, are the people who wear the “I Hate Running” shirts and actually mean it.

The people who need to run are people like me who get cranky and bitchy and irritable if they don’t run. In our heads, we start getting muscle atrophy after not running for more than two days. (I actually thought I was getting muscle atrophy in Europe like 7 years ago when the airline lost my bag with my running shoes in… I cried every night.)

So why am I jealous of non-runners? On average, I spend roughly eight hours a week running. That’s an entire workday. I can tell you the last time I slept in on a Saturday and didn’t do a long run was the last time I was in Portland. That is literally the last Saturday I didn’t run at least 13 miles. My alarm goes off anywhere between 6-7 a.m. on a Saturday morning and if all goes according to plan, I’m out the door by 8 a.m. What does a non-runner do on Saturday morning? I have no idea, but probably it involves sleeping, relaxing and eating a bagel.

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Runners’ Saturday morning breakfast: Gus.

When I’m not running, I’m probably thinking about running or doing something related to running. Yoga, despite the fact that I love it, is a necessity for my ever-tight hips and calves that just want to bulk up. There’s another four hours a week for at least three classes. My goal for October is to actually cross-train (i.e. swim and bike), so there is another three hours a week. Can’t forget strength training – two more hours. We’re at about 16 hours a week working out, which basically means I’m working a full-time job seven days a week at this point.

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Casual three and a half hours spent running on a Saturday morning.

People think running is cheap, but it isn’t. Most races are at least $100. I go through four or five pairs of running shoes a year, which we’ll round up to $1000 total. Since I do love fashion despite my penchant for denim shorties and racerback tanks in the summer, I  have an addiction to Lululemon and Nike which is not cheap. (Speed Shorts & Dry Fit for life.)

Non-runners don’t know what it is like to be constantly hungry. Runger is this crazy, knawing type of hunger that is all-consuming. When I wasn’t running a lot two years ago (maybe 12-15 miles a week, tops) I just didn’t have an appetite. It was kind of wonderful. I ate when I felt like it, I didn’t eat when I didn’t feel like it, and I just wasn’t constantly worried about my next meal.

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1/3 of my long runs is spent thinking about what I’m going to eat that evening.

Let’s take a minute to discuss the current state of my body. My toes on my right foot are constantly in pain. I had a super cool blood blister on my foot since sometime in July. I don’t know what it’s like to not have legs that are a little tired all the time. My once sufficient seven hours of sleep have now been replaced by at least eight. Oh, and should we discuss the water retention?

The past few weeks I’ve hit the wall training. This morning (Monday morning) I had a great pace run (I typically do 8 miles in between my half-marathon and marathon pace, aiming for negative splits), I was having fun and felt good again. The two weeks previous, I couldn’t force myself out the door. Emily is constantly the kick in the ass that I need, which is why I love her so damn much:

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Last Monday, I couldn’t do it. I made it out the door, on the trail, and my legs did not want to move. I was angry at a lot of things that morning, stressed out over stuff I needed to get done and the last thing I wanted to do was go spend over an hour running before work. I decided a half mile in I was over it and turned around. My mood and spirit suddenly lifted. Maybe that was what I needed, just an extra day off running.

People often say, “skip your workout, it’s just one day, what will it hurt”. Well, if I skipped my workout or run everyday that I wanted to (i.e. at least once a week) it would start to hurt my running performance. One every month or so, okay. One every week, no. Sorry, that advice is bad.

In summation, don’t be jealous of me. I’m jealous of you. I’m jealous of knowing what it’s like to have a morning all to yourself to do something besides run. I’m jealous of the fact that you don’t have to carry snacks in your bag lest the runger hits. I’m jealous that your body isn’t rebelling against you. I’m jealous of the freedom that not running allows you.

Chat with me:
Who/what are you jealous of? Are you a runner who’s jealous of a non-runner? Are you a non-runner who is jealous of runners? Is the grass just always greener on the other side? (Typically.)

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Heather @fitncookies on September 30, 2014 8:09 am

I definitely get what you are saying! It’s really true that we do love the sport, but not every single thing about it. I don’t love dropping a ton of money on shoes, and then trying to find ways to save in other places. I don’t love waking up early on Saturdays, or planning my Friday night plans, based on the run on Saturday. Yes, in the end it pays off. I have been in your place with legs hurting, retaining water, and being constantly hungry. However, in those times, it’s usually that my body is overworked and needs a break. I have taken up to a week off from workouts all together, running included, and honestly it’s only ever helped. It’s never taken away any of my mileage, but instead made my body more ready and able to handle the miles and lifting. Just a thought. Great post, though, lady! Have a great day!
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:45 am

I definitely think I should take your advice and take a week – or at least an extended few days – off. I know also from experience it will only help. I have such a fear of the rest day but the body seriously needs it!

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Hilary on September 30, 2014 8:11 am

I totally get what you mean! I wish I didn’t workout sometimes haha because I would love to sleep in as late as possible before work, but nope I am up at the crack of dawn and one of the first to walk in that gym!
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:44 am

Isn’t it so nice to have your evening free though??

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on September 30, 2014 8:21 am

I’m not a runner. I like to pretend sometimes and go run like a mile, but I get over it quickly. But I am jealous of people who can sleep in, cuz it’s not something I do very often, even when I have absolutely nothing to do, I’m up at like dawn. Seriously, it’s weird.
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:43 am

I’m always up at dawn, even on non-run days. I kind of hate sleeping in, is that weird?

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Erin @ The Almon Eater on September 30, 2014 8:30 am

Soooooo…. you wanna be me? :D Ok but in all honesty this is so weird…. I was going to write a post about how I’m jealous of runners. It’s saved in my drafts but I only have a paragraph written so far. Maybe I should dig it up and use you as inspiration :)

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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:43 am

YOU SHOULD FINISH IT! I want to read it.

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on September 30, 2014 10:09 am

I can’t say that I’m all that jealous of non-runners. I think that is because I’m just used to sports and things taking up time–I mean, hell, I used to ride horses. Now THAT is a time suck and a money suck. I actually totally dig the life of a runner.
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:42 am

I love your optimism here… I can not even IMAGINE the money/time commitment to ride. Insane!! And it’s not like running… you can’t just ride whenever you feel like it. Gotta have a partner in crime, there.

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Amanda S. on September 30, 2014 10:14 am

Definitely a perspective that I wouldn’t have considered! Great post.

xo Amanda
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Christina on September 30, 2014 10:45 am

This is honestly a little hurtful to “non-runners,” such as myself. I think you mean to use the term “non-workout enthusiasts.” Because despite the fact that I do not run a single mile ever, I do workout 5 times a week. I do NEED to exercise. I do get hangry and often think of what my next meal will be, even during my workouts. You kind of imply that “non-runners” are lazy bums who do nothing. But oh how wrong you are.

I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt here. But saying your size 0 body is tortured by the thought of your next carb-loaded dinner, is another jab at anyone who is not a size 0 (like me).

Instead of being jealous of “non-runners,” perhaps it would be more constructive to live others’ perspectives. I’m a Zumba instructor. My knees are in constant pain. I have to smile 24/7 like a fool. I require protein within 30 minutes after I’m done teaching. It’s a rough life, but I’m not going to waste my time being jealous of people who do not live my way of life.

Things I implore you to keep in mind :)

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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:41 am

Hi Christina, I’m sorry if I offended you – that was never the goal of this post! It really was just all about my passion for running and why even though I love it, sometimes it can be a chore.

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Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry on September 30, 2014 10:52 am

Oh my gosh Cassandra, I totally hear you. I have recently {in the last 2 years} fallen back in love with running and taken it back on. I get so grumpy when not running. I actually think about the run the night before as I go to bed and love waking up on the weekend while the kids and hubby still sleep, and head out for a run. I have recently injured myself and have not been running for close to two weeks and I am one crabby a** B**ch LOL
Yes, we do hang out and have coffee and breakfast when not running, but I prefer a good pre-workout drink and lacing up those shoes over a breakfast any day. I am following from Im Fit Possible :)
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:39 am

People in my life know to tell me to go for a run when I’m getting crabby :)

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Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy on September 30, 2014 11:42 am

I love this post because it’s so honest and real. I too was thinking about the amount of time I spend running and working out and it too added up to a part time job! I LOVE it but I do wonder what it would be like to wake up and not worry about fitting a workout in and just go with the flow. However, on the rare occasions I let myself do that…I usually don’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would and wish I had worked out. It is important though to listen to your body and REST! Sometimes I wish I was a pro athlete so my job could be working out and all the other stresses wouldn’t interfere!
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:38 am

I WISH THE SAME THING. All the time. That I was a pro runner and could just focus on that and not anything else. Now to carve 2-3 minutes off my mile time to make that happen haha…

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Jo @ Living Mint Green on September 30, 2014 11:57 am

Loved hearing your perspective on this. I’ve been on both sides. When I’m immersed in a training plan, sometimes I get completely bitchy because it consumes me! But, after nursing myself back to health and taking nearly 4 mos off ALL running or any type of high impact activity, I can say the jealousy & frustration I experienced is much, much worse.
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:38 am

Thank you for that… that last sentence is what I needed to hear right now :)

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tianna on September 30, 2014 1:14 pm

wish I loved running that much. I pretty much just force myself to do it haha.
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Stephanie on September 30, 2014 2:04 pm

I am a new runner and I run because a) it’s helped me lose weight and b) the way my body feels after a run is something I struggle to describe. However, the longest run I’ve had to date is 5 miles BUT considering I just started in June, I’m doing pretty good.

And yoga? I had no clue how much I needed that in my life.

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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:37 am

5 miles is awesome for only running a few months! It took me years to do anything over 3, isn’t that awful? And even more years to do anything over 5-6. Keep going, girl!

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Sam @ PancakeWarriors on September 30, 2014 2:35 pm

I love this post. Thanks for reminding me that even loving running is work! I’m sure every time you cross the finish line all those sacrifices are worth it!!
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:36 am

Yes, typically they are :)

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Justine Y on September 30, 2014 4:51 pm

I use to love running. Not nearly to the extent that you do, but I enjoyed getting a couple miles in every day. Then I had kids, and now I’m exhausted all the time and can’t seem to get back in a workout rhythm. I really enjoyed this post, it’s made me want to push myself to start running again! Thanks!
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:36 am

You should!! It’s always good to have a little time for yourself. No matter how exhausted I am, after running I always have a little more energy.

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Heather O'Neill on September 30, 2014 5:08 pm

I’m jealous of you being jealous of me. I am a former runner who HATES running and is now a non-runner. I sometimes feel guilty for not running anymore but it just hurts me. I think your dedication is amazing but I’m relieved I don’t make myself do all of that anymore. (I do other workouts, just not running.) So I guess what I really mean is I’m just jealous of your drive, no matter where it comes from! Keep up the amazing work, but also give yourself a break once in awhile! :)

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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:36 am

Thanks Heather! I appreciate the kind words.

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Bre & Ree on September 30, 2014 5:26 pm

Thanks for this post! It’s refreshing to hear that even long distance runners go through slumps every once and awhile. I would consider myself a runner who has to run, because I’m okay on the days that I don’t run. I do workout all the time, but I recently went from CrossFit 2xs a week, running 3xs to CrossFit 3xs a week and running only twice, because I went through a slump over the summer. I just did not want to get out of bed. I think part of my problem is that I live on a small little island in the Caribbean and haven’t found running partners who are willing to 1) get up at 430/5am or 2) go the distance I like to go. So every week I ran by myself and one of four paths. Anyway, it’s nice to hear that other ppl go through similar things. I hope yours turns around quickly. Mine slowly is, just ran 7.5 last Friday and I’m excited to do the same this Friday=)
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:35 am

I think living somewhere where I couldn’t get a lot of miles or running buddies would be tough. It’s so nice to have friends for at least run a week for me. Maybe also try Podcasts… that sometimes makes me feel like I’m just listening to my friends chat while I’m running :)

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Kelli @Hungry Hobby on September 30, 2014 6:10 pm

Cassandra, it sounds like you have the marathon training blues. Remember, this is temporary… your training for a marathon… when you complete the marathon it will all be worth it! In the mean time, running does take work and life revolves around it when your training, your kicking butt and taking names! I’m cheering for you!!!!
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:34 am

Thank you!! I think I just gotta get out of these last few high milage weeks and I’ll be feeling much better… only 4.5 weeks left!

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ganeeban on September 30, 2014 6:21 pm

I feel like I’m always at polar opposites when it comes to running. When I am training, I am in complete training mode. I don’t mind being that way, being less social, waking up before everyone I know. Then there’s the flip side, not running at all. Just cross training and play soccer, but no running at all. That is when I most get jealous of runners. I miss the feeling of getting lost in my thoughts and pounding the pavement, but I also get so comfortable being lazy that it becomes my excuse. But I get how you’re feeling, I’ve had those bouts of feelings during my training periods! It’s the ebbs and flows of running! xoxo, ganeeban
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:33 am

Ebbs and flows are right. This post is making me excited to get up and run tomorrow! Thank you girl!!

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Kaitlin on September 30, 2014 6:24 pm

Well I guess I’m in sort of a bind. Because I’m not only jealous of the non-runners who have no problems with taking days off, but also the runners who seem to be able to run forever injury free. Of course I need to do more yoga because like you my muscles are always tight. Oops :) but I do value my love for running and the ability to work out some frustrations or just catch up with friends.

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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:33 am

YES! Love running for catching up with friends.

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on September 30, 2014 7:13 pm

I admire your endurance and commitment! I felt this way about yoga and going to the gym when I was still at it a month ago (this month has been a bit of a lazy one for me). I think the most important thing anyone can do at the end of the day is to recognize that, even if you don’t manage to squeeze in exercise n in that day, tomorrow’s a new day and you can put in some extra miles.
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:32 am

Love that thought – definitely had to do that last week after my failed Monday run.

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on September 30, 2014 8:18 pm

Haha running is da bomb! I’m addicted and definitely need to run every day. You’re right that it’s not cheap!
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Kristen on September 30, 2014 9:38 pm

Okay, this post is awesome!!! I have felt this way so many times. In fact, this summer I actually stopped cross training, following my half marathon training plan perfectly, and stopped eating semi-healthy like a non-runner. And you know what? I feel like total crap now. No lie. I tried to be a non-runner (while running races) and it didn’t work. So once I get back up to Anchorage I am totally going to start being a “runner” again! I just miss it too much, no matter how many hours I spend doing it.

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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:30 am

Fixed the comment haha. I would definitely miss running if I quit – totally feel you!

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Felecia on October 1, 2014 12:27 am

I just did my first 5k over the weekend. I am hoping to get more into running (I have always been the kid in school who avoided running in gym). Thanks for the awesome motivation :) You can see the crazy thoughts that went through my head running for the first time here: http://atasteofthecollegelife.blogspot.com/2014/09/ready-or-not.html

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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:30 am

Awesome, congrats on the first 5K!! :)

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Tina Muir on October 1, 2014 8:48 am

Yep! I hear you! I often wonder about what the heck I would do with my time if I did not run, I spend an average of 2 hours a day working out….and that is without the stretching and recovery things I do. I have thought many of these same things, and as chicago closes in on me, although I am terrified, I know that I have put in that work to be where I want to be. I always go back to this, but I find reading old race reports, or watching others crossing that line happy always helps me get motivated, so maybe find some race videos? Your friend emily is awesome though, that is wonderful she can get you out there!
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:29 am

I definitely think race videos totally help pump me up! Seeing people cross the finish line brings me to tears every time.

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on October 1, 2014 9:09 am

I just spent 12 hours scrolling to the bottom of this post. Clearly you are the most popular girl I know! So much so some “twat” (stealing this from Arman) decided to call you out on it because she is basic.

To be honest, I get why you’re jealous of me. While you’re out running, I’m on my lazy ass learning life lessons from the kardashians or drinking wine. But then last week FFLee got me addicted to exercise so now I’ve actually been going to the gym and life is feeling hard again. I just want to go back to Netflix. Damn endorphins ugh.
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:26 am

SO now you have to come to PGH so we can all go to Amazing Yoga together!! xoxo you’re the best.

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Jessica on October 1, 2014 12:40 pm

Whoa, this post resonated with a lot of people!

I get it. Not as a runner – I think I will always be a hobby runner – but I am compelled to exercise everyday. And sometimes people don’t get it, and sometimes I don’t even get why it’s so dang hard to let myself take a day (or 2 or 3) off, but I just know my mood will be off if I can’t sweat a little at some point.

That said, I look at someone like my husband who does no formal working out, but has very physical hobbies (like woodworking and landscaping) and think maybe he’s got it figured out.
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:25 am

I think your husband does have it figured out… it’s almost that whole salt of the earth, primal kind of thing that we came from!

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Jennifer@nourishedsimply on October 1, 2014 8:44 pm

I was a runner and hated it. Now I can not run because of injury and I am jealous of those that can run. Does that make sense?
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:25 am

Yes! It’s easy to miss what we can’t have.

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GiGi Eats on October 1, 2014 10:52 pm

I actually never use the word jealous. It has a negative connotation associated with it. I use the word envious every so often, but even that word I use rarely because we are all so unique in our own ways and we can choose to do whatever we want! :)
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:24 am

I like that thought. I had a chat with my friends about happy jealous versus resentful jealous when it came to people yesterday… whereas happy jealous is a positive reaction (happy for your friends, wish it could happen to you, too), resentful jealous is wishing they didn’t have it – and an emotion that we didn’t have, but were experiencing from others.

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Tiffany @daydreamingrealist on October 1, 2014 11:15 pm

This is such an insightful post! I’m not a runner, but I do love outdoor walks. When I’m walking outside regularly I feel like myself; I feel happier, healthier and less “boxed up.” I’d love to be able to run 13 miles! That’s just incredible! I’m sorry that your foot/toe hurts, though. This was such a good post for someone who doesn’t know anything about running. Thanks for teaching me how runners feel.
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Cassie on October 2, 2014 1:23 am

So glad you enjoyed!

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Lauren @ ihadabiglunch on October 2, 2014 1:25 pm

I hate to say it, but I’m jealous of YOU! I used to be the same way as you. I still am, in the fact that if I don’t work out I’ll be cranky and irritable and just bad news bears in general, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a run. But I miss that dedication to running that you so obviously have. I really wish I could mentally push past the single digit runs. If I get a six mile run in I feel like I’ve conquered the world and there’s no way I could exceed that haha. I guess I should add that to my list of goals ;)
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Cassie on October 6, 2014 12:16 pm

Haha thank you… it has definitely been hard lately, but the encouragement helps :)

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on October 4, 2014 5:27 am

Wow, this has been an eye opening post- I never really considered that side of a runner/non runner or distinction between them- I wish I loved running or enjoyed it but honestly, it’s like punishment! Run for the both of us!
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Cassie on October 6, 2014 12:27 pm

It’s been such an effort to run for me lately… but I’ll try :)

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on October 6, 2014 2:14 pm

Great post! Funny enough, running is one of the only forms of exercise that I do NOT do, and I’ve always wished that I enjoyed it or that my body could handle the impact of running (I have a tendon in a bone in my foot that swells up if I run more than a mile) so that I could challenge myself with a marathon. But, I’ve recently come to accept that I’m not a runner. I’m actually not amazing at any one form of exercise because I love a bunch of different things, and I’m now okay with that :)
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Cassie on October 9, 2014 10:38 pm

I think loving a bunch of different things is best, you never get burnt out!

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Chris on October 9, 2014 9:00 pm

Cheers to your passion for running. I think it’s very beneficial to life longevity to actually enjoy fitness.

With that said, I think there are a lot of us out there that struggle with the same thing as you but aren’t runners. If I had to label myself, I’d say I’m a CrossFitter. No, I don’t have 15 mile runs I go on for a Saturday morning but I get up and go to a usually very tough workout in the morning. I workout most days after work. Lately I’ve started strength training in the morning before work too. And like you with yoga, I work on mobility to try and loosen up my ever tight hips and shoulders.

Oh and believe me, I know all about hunger. There’s nothing I’ve found (I’m not a distance runner) that incites the need for food in my belly like some heavy deadlifts.

So yeah, awesome and keep running, for sure, but there are more of us like you that are passionate about fitness and while we might not run, we are equally obsessed and occupied by our pursuits.
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Christina @ Adventures in Independence on October 13, 2014 9:43 am

YES. I am not quite as dedicated to my running, not because I don’t want to be, but because some health issues are creating some energy issues that I haven’t quite figured out.
But I’m jealous of the not-runners because they don’t feel driven to run ALL THE TIME and feel bad when they can’t.
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