Mindfulness, running

Monday Motivation: A Life Outside of Running

Morning! This week’s motivation is courtesy of Ashley Higginson and Saucony. Ashley is a steeplechase runner who almost gave up on her sport completely. In the end, it turned out to be finding a life outside of running, and a sense of balance, that rekindled her fire.



This speaks to me a lot. Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about something Lauren Fleshman said in a recent Running On Om episode- that running was the kindling for a lot of the joy in her life- but that’s scary and, at times, limiting- especially when injury comes your way. I think recently I’ve become increasingly consumed by running, and I’ve started to realise I don’t want to define myself solely as a runner. Anyways, tangent over.


What’s motivating you this week?


Lots of love,



5 thoughts on “Monday Motivation: A Life Outside of Running”

  1. I have been blogging about running for some time but feel my focus has shifted and running is proving not to give me that ‘high’ like it once did! Do I continue to blog and change my focus or what? Running just isn’t what it once was for me!


  2. Here here! I am on the same page. Personally I have been getting sick of training this whole year and craving more of a life outside running. I still want to run! But I want to just run for the sake of running. I think it’s important to remember that there are seasons of life, and running, constantly in flux – sometimes it makes sense to be consumed by running and laser-focused on a goal, and sometimes you need more balance. Sometimes you’re super into running, while sometimes you’re super into other things and running is just there. Neither one is bad, you just have to go with the flow and do what’s right for you.

    In the blogging world you’re going to find more of the super focused set, because for run bloggers, that’s sort of the whole point of keeping a blog in the first place. But if you step outside the blog world you will find a lot more people who don’t take running so seriously, or people who don’t run at all but share other interests. Sometimes scaling back on blog reading helps me feel a little more balanced if that’s what I’m craving (but I still love my blog friends!).


  3. Wow… I agree. Sometimes I worry that I am too much consumed by running and think it’s not me, and I want to do less.. or do more other things. But then life happens and the balance happens naturally, and everything is okay again.

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