Is there any other sport that runners here practise? Or find time to do and enjoy indulging in?
I have terrible hand-eye co-ordination and suck at most sport that requires that. Yet a while ago, I learnt to row and really enjoy being out on the river with other rowers. It also makes me work with others as a team - I'm self-employed and usually plod on my own - and really enjoy the social aspect of the club too.
I'm pretty sure I am repeating what someone else has said already (haven't gone through all the other replies - sorry!). But the first step, I have found, is usually the hardest. Some days it really is just that - the first few steps getting out of the bed but the hesitation and laziness quickly clears off once I've turned the lights on (and woken the rest of the household) and laced up. And usually, how I feel once I've done a run is really worth all the trouble. If running is not your thing, try cycling or swimming or even a sport. Good luck, whatever you choose to do.
I identify completely with what you have said. I think for me it was the constant 'trying to get better' and not really enjoying the run that did it. That I gradually stopped running, And when the days of not-running turned to weeks and the guilt started to seep in, I was even more reluctant to get back. There was always something more important, more urgent to do and I simply didn't want to be bullied (by myself) into running. Until one day, I just felt like going for a stroll. Half a mile later, it had turned into a brisk walk which then became a gentle jog and before I knew it, I was enjoying myself picking up pace.
My suggestion is, if you don't feel like running, then don't. If you have to skip your race, don't worry about it. There's plenty of stuff that we must do even though we don't always like doing it that if you choose to do something, then it must atleast be enjoyable. Good luck!
I managed a decent 2.12. It was a fabulously well-organised run and the medal's good too.
The only thing that took the shine (somewhat) from the PB for me was that I couldn't find where I'd parked my car and spent close to an hour walking around looking for it. Not much fun in the rain and cold.