Adequate rest time after a tough season of training and racing is just what this body needs!
Who watched the NYC Marathon on Sunday? I didn’t watch, but I was tracking two of my runners through the day. When I saw Shalane had won in my app, I went back and watched her cross the finish line. It was the best finish line video I’ve ever seen! I can only imagine how she felt crossing that finish line. After Shalane’s amazing performance, I’m feeling quite guilty for being so lazy lately. Talk about a kick in the pants for some motivation!
Fact: I’ve only run 12 miles since Marine Corps in October. That’s unheard of for me. In my defense, I’ve already logged 1,373 miles for 2017 which is significantly more than I’ve run in years past. My recent lack of miles (and drive) leads me to believe I really was as tired as I thought. Thankfully, the last two weeks have been full of much needed rest time.
Something else that’s very unlike me? I’m completely undecided about my race plans for 2018. While in the throes of marathon training, I vowed I would focus on my favorite race distance in 2018 — the 5K. But of course no sooner did I cross the MCM finish line than I was already making lists of marathon and ultras I might want to cross off my list next year.
I’m giving myself some time, though. I know I need it. It’s super easy to get swept up in the excitement of making plans with friends. I’m going to pace myself (pun intended) and not get carried away with race planning just yet.
Rest Time: Marathon Recovery Week 2
Last week was a super laid-back week. I ran very little mileage but when I did run, it was fun and worth it. These days of running very little mileage is definitely helping with rest time.
Monday — 2.02 miles + strength training
Monday was a short and sweet run. My husband and I took our pup to our local trails and ran two easy miles. It was a bit chilly but fantastic.
Later in the morning I completed a strength training workout. I did all the squats and all the burpees. And strangely enough, I wasn’t too sore the next day! #win
Wednesday — 4.25 miles
On Wednesday I took Trixie out for just over four miles. I’m not sure how far she can go but my plan is to keep training her for longer distances. She can go a lot farther now than in the summer heat and I’m glad I can focus some time running with her again.
Thursday — 2.1 miles
Another outing with my husband! This time we ran a paved trail and probably had more fun taking pictures at the end than actually running. Sometimes you just gotta have fun! Plus the weather was warmer which of course was my motivation to get out there and log some miles.
This week I’ll be back on a schedule. I need to be. I feel like a fish out of water when I’m not working out at least four times a week. My sleep suffers, I eat terribly, I have zero motivation — it’s no good! I feel like I’ve had adequate rest time and now it’s time to do some work.
I’m running the Hot Cider Hustle 5K on Saturday which I’m pretty excited about. If you’re in Cleveland and want to run a fun race, sign up and come run! Hot cider, running, friends — what’s not to be excited about?
Though I’ve really needed some much needed rest time after all those months of marathon training, I’m ready to get back at it. This week’s gonna rock!
Have you already planned out your 2018 racing season?
How long do you take off from racing before you jump back into a training schedule?