As a former Social Worker, I often find myself returning to some of the psych theories I learned to help analyze and manage life stresses. Last week, otherwise known as “the week I almost gave up summer running”, I found myself trying to come to terms with the awful runs I was experiencing. I know I’ve whined quite a bit recently about my difficulties with the heat and humidity. Please indulge me a bit of artistic license as I adapt Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ 5 stages to help get me through the summer running season.
5 Stages of Summer Running
Denial is basically the “failure to acknowledge an unacceptable truth” (Webster)
We went straight from winter right into summer around here without much of an adjustment period. Some of the thoughts I had were:
That weather forecast just can’t be right…It can’t be a bad as everyone says it is…It won’t hit me as hard this year
“Strong feelings of hostility, displeasure and irritability” (Webster)
Yup check √ that pretty much describes me to a tee. Thoughts of fear and dread can easily fill my head as if this will mean the end of my running career. “How will I train for RnR?…Why did I sign up for a summer race?…How can 3 miles feel so hard?”
Attempting to negotiate to find acceptable terms (with mother nature?).
I am sure I never complained about running in the winter. If I did, I swear I will never do it again-ever. Just please make this humidity stop.
Loss of interest, sadness and self defeating thoughts.
Who am I without running? What will I do for exercise and social outlets?
Coming to terms with one’s circumstances and finding a way to adapt and move on. Realizing that this too will pass. In a few months, I know I will happily be running in the cool fall weather and the heat of the summer will be a distant memory.
Of course, not everyone goes through all of the “stages” of summer running and some go back and forth between stages. I currently find myself struggling somewhere between the anger and depression stages.
So tell me, are you finding yourself somewhere within these 5 Stages of Summer Running?