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Why I’ll Never Run Another 5K (or sing a solo)

Why I'll Never Run Another 5K (or sing a solo)

This last weekend was one I was pretty much dreading since February when I convinced a few friends of mine to do the 5K color run with me. It was one of the twenty-eight things I wanted to do this year while I am twenty-eight. And now that it is done I can say quite confidently: I will never do that again.

It may seem a little extreme to some people, especially when to them 5K is a daily exercise (although, for the record, I tracked it and it was 5.22K, not that that would make a difference to you runner people) but I am now fully convinced that running will never be for me. While I would love to be a runner, or a singer for that matter, the truth is, those aren’t things that come naturally to me and I’m not interested in putting the time and effort in to get to a decent level.

If there has been one thing that I’ve learned this year it is that I know what I love and that is what I want to spend my time and energy doing. And trying to become a runner or a singer would just take away from those things that I truly enjoy, and the gifts I believe God has given me.

I know that I love spending time with my family and friends, writing, taking pictures, exploring the world near and far, reading good books and encouraging others and those are the things I want to spend my time doing, I want to get better at the things that I love and come naturally to me instead of being a sham.

This is not to say that you should never do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, not at all, I really do believe in stepping outside your comfort zone, obviously, cause I did just complete a 5K, but I think we often spend too much time trying to become someone else or someone we think we should be with gifts we think we should have, and we forget about who we really are and the gifts that God has already given us.

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It can be so easy to become envious of others and wish we had their gifts but that can be such a distraction ploy by the devil to set us off course and keep us from doing the things we were meant to do.

Have you spent your time wishing you had other gifts than have been given to you?
Is there something you need to give up or stop doing today?

Linking up with Simple Moments StickOak + Oats & Casey Leigh.


  1. Rachel G September 10, 2014

    I’ve never wished for the ability to run, though I have wished for the ability to sing! 😛 I can happily stand at the sidelines and cheer Angel on when he finishes a race, but I do like putting most of my energy into areas where I know I actually am gifted, rather than focusing on my weaknesses. Hey, I can’t run, but I’m a decent ballroom dancer. 😉

  2. abby - little city adventures September 10, 2014

    That’s totally something I’ve realized too over the past year. I have a similar list of 20 things to complete before I turn 21 and I realized that a lot of those things just aren’t in my skill set and that’s okay! We can’t all be good at everything or else the world would be quite boring!

    • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 10, 2014

      Yes, that’s so true Abby! So are you still going to try the things on your list or start a new one?

  3. In Due Time September 10, 2014

    Glad you did it!!!! Very admirable – and now you know!!! I’m not a good/natural runner either! PS how do you stay so little without running (or maybe you do other exercise)

    • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 10, 2014

      Haha, good genes? I don’t exercise regularly (except this last summer so I could complete that run), I’d like to join some kind of sport this winter but can’t find one locally. I just try to be more active in my lifestyle instead of spending time intentionally exercising.

  4. Zaby September 10, 2014

    congratulations on doing it. i would love to see what you do next

  5. Molly Wantland September 10, 2014

    I giggled at how 100% ‘me’ this is! From the dislike of running (I did one 5K in college – never again), to the things you *did* like, such as writing, photographing, and encouraging others, I thought, “This girl is reading my thoughts!”. Glad to find another like-minded blogger!

  6. Amy Hodgdon September 10, 2014

    Oh gosh, I LOVE this!
    Such good words and thoughts.
    Spending time doing all the things everyone says we should or expects us to really does take away from the things that we are truly passionate about!
    Thanks for writing this Chantel!
    Your title intrigued me a lot!

    • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 11, 2014

      Thanks Amy! It seems like the older I get the more okay I am with just being myself and not trying to fit into the mold that I think others think I should be in. I guess aging has it’s benefits 🙂

  7. jadegulash September 10, 2014

    I love this! Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who loves running, because of all the obvious benefits. But the fact of the matter is, I’m not. And it’s exhausting to try. I am, however, one of those people who LOVES team sports and Zumba and can shake my hips like nobody else. You’ve reminded me how important it is to own our own strengths and weaknesses. Thanks for the important lesson!

    • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 11, 2014

      Well, Zumba is just as good of a workout I would think! Not that I would know, I have no rhythm whatsoever and it’s another thing to add to the list of things that I cannot/will not do. 🙂 I’m glad you are learning to be true to your strengths and interests Jade!

  8. Gina September 10, 2014

    Now, I don’t mind a 5K, but I have come to peace with myself that I will never run a 7-min mile, an 8-min mile, or probably even a 9 min 50 second mile. I was doing AWESOME this past weekend when I finished my 2nd 5K in 32 minutes…so there’s that. 😉
    It is such a beautiful thing to remember what *our* gifts are, and to focus on those instead of the things other people have. This was a great post.

    • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 11, 2014

      Well, your 32 minute 5K still beat me by about 8 minutes 🙂 What are some gifts that you have?

      • Gina September 11, 2014

        It’s hard talking about my own gifts! Probably a good lesson in knowing myself though…

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  10. Sheryl @ How to Make a Life September 11, 2014

    I believe that most of us become caught up at one time or the other doing things we feel we “should” be doing – like a 5K or a certain class. I’ve joined groups I felt like I “should” because everyone else was and discovered it wasn’t for me. Life is too short to fill it with activities which do not bring us true joy!!

    • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 11, 2014

      Yes! I completely agree Sheryl! I’ve got something on my mind right now that I need to quit at the end of this year because I am just doing it because I feel like it is required of me, not because I enjoy it

  11. Madison September 11, 2014

    I love this and I, too, will never be a runner! And that’s totally okay. Because I am a handful of other things that for some, they will never be! Love the wisdom here, Chantel 🙂

    • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 11, 2014

      Yes! It can be so easy to focus on the gifts we aren’t given, but that doesn’t matter, there are so many things that we are good at!

  12. Beka Johnson September 11, 2014

    You go girl! Running isn’t for everyone, nor is singing and that’s ok! I’m glad you tried it just to say you did it. Also, my marathon said 26.6. I was ANGRY that I had ran more than I had to but apparently they say that any race timed with your Garmin isn’t exact because of the crowd weaving etc. you have to do. There’s your random fact for the day =)

    • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 12, 2014

      Thanks for that random fact! I love that you’ve run over 26!

      • Beka Johnson September 12, 2014

        I loved it to but I did not love it afterwards. I seriously felt like someone crushed my bones =) I did eventually recover but I’ve never than far since then.

        • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 15, 2014

          Ooh, it doesn’t sound like the best experience, but what a cool thing to be able to say you did!

  13. Caitlin September 12, 2014

    This is an awesome post! It’s hard to let go of the idea that we can ‘do it all’, enjoy it all, and succeed at it all. At the end of the day, there are so many things that I know just aren’t for me. It’s awesome they make other people really happy, but we all have to just do what’s right for us + what inspires us the most!

  14. esther julee September 12, 2014

    Agreed! I hate running and although I still have run a 10k as a goal to see how far my body can go… I definitely took off half marathon and marathon because I know that will never be me. I’ve always been intrigued about the color run though because it looks like so much fun.. but i guess i’m mostly thinking about the pictures and not the running part haha

    • Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing September 15, 2014

      If I were to do another run (which I won’t) it wouldn’t be the color run. In the first color station one of them people threw the stuff right up my nose and another right into my ear, it was hard to breath and I was blowing out orange stuff for days after. Not so pleasant. Good luck with a 10K!

  15. Nicole Maxfield September 15, 2014

    I don’t think that running is coming naturally to me, and I’ve signed up for a 5k run this weekend coming up…in the MUD! I’m nervous, but I’m glad that I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone…

  16. Elise Jay September 15, 2014

    I tried to be a “runner” for a while too… I would much rather take a nap. ;0)

  17. September 15, 2014

    Thank you for this! I really needed this reminder and this permission. 🙂

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