Today’s post is featuring Jenny DeSouchet, founder of the blog Hold Fast Health. Be sure to read her post: It’s OK to Quit Running – Why Quitting Might Be Exactly What You Need.
I quit competitive running a year ago and I never really talked about it. I got to a point where I was chronically injured, extremely unhappy, and felt like my life was continuously “on hold”, just waiting for each run to be over. I had passions that I wasn’t allowed to pursue because of the time that running took up.
While I knew that it was important to prioritize my physical and mental health, I still felt a great deal of shame in my decision to step away prematurely. I cannot even count the number of people who told me stories of others coming back from injury, and how I should strive to be just like them.
Jenny DeSouchet is a former cross country and track student-athlete at the University of Colorado who quit running when many people would have told her not to. She now runs a blog called Hold Fast Health. I absolutely love this quote from her blog:
Health is something I pursue in fitness, food, mental health, and in pursing a meaningful career. It’s a holistic view of health, rather than a narrow one. In competitive running, health often gets sacrificed for the sake of being the best runner. Health is now the priority, rather than being fast.
After talking with Jenny, I can attest that she really does mean this! She has chosen to discover what health means uniquely to her, rather than what our running culture defines as health. How cool.
At Run Whole Nutrition, we talk a lot about framing food and exercise in a way that improves your life – not inhibits it. Food should never be focused upon so much that it inhibits you from living a full life. The same goes for exercise. While I absolutely love and support competitive sports, it’s okay if that’s not your life. It’s okay to have other passions!
Again, if you haven’t read this post yet, I highly recommend. Whether you’re a runner or not, don’t let anything hold you back from pursuing the things that are meaningful to you. <3