Confession #1: I barely ran in May after I finished my two marathons and Ragnar.
Confession #2: It was planned.
Today, the day before National Running Day, we’ve decided that the topic is “why a running break might be a good idea.” Be sure to visit my cohosts, Patty at My No Guilt Life and April at Run the Great Wide Somewhere, to see their thoughts on the topic. (And check out all the awesome blog posts below for more thoughts on the topic and on running in general.)
OK, so back to me.
What? Isn’t everything about me?
I’ve taken running breaks in the past. I’ve been pregnant. I’ve been injured. I’ve hated the weather (summer running sucks in Virginia). I’ve taken vacations that weren’t conducive to running. I’ve even had times when I just stopped because I was burnt out.
But this is the first time I knew that I was going to take a major break from running. Yes, this break was planned. No, I didn’t plan the exact end date of the break and I didn’t set any rules about NOT running at all. I just told myself that for a few weeks after the two marathons and Ragnar, if I didn’t have the urge to run, I didn’t have to run. And when I did feel like running, I only had to run as far as I wanted at that moment.
The end result? I ran less than 25 miles after I finished Ragnar. And I’m totally ok with that. I’m beginning to feel the run love again and I’m starting to contemplate adding some long runs into my life. Marine Corps Marathon training should start some time this month, so I’m slowly edging my way back to where I want to be.
Want to know why I think a PLANNED run break is a good idea, especially after a hard training cycle leading up to a long race?
- To allow your body to recover fully from the hard effort
- To head off any “almost” injuries at the pass
- To get a chance to fall in love with running again
- To avoid burnout
- To finally clean up the kids’ playroom (oh wait, is that just me?)
- To have time to cross train more for a while
- And to get that massage you need
- To have time to socialize and drink more beer (me again?)
I know that after only running a few miles a few times (my longest run after Ragnar was 5 miles) in the last 3 weeks, I’m feeling ready to start tackling my goals again.
Good thing too, as 6 half marathons in 6 days is only 3 months away. And Marine Corps Marathon is not long after that…
Have you ever taken an intentional running break? Did you have a return plan or did you just trust your body and mind to tell you when you are ready?
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