Friday, May 13, 2016

Why It's Okay To Take A Break From Running

I ran the Vancouver Half Marathon May 1st and, since then, have been enjoying a break from running. Okay, it's not a "true" break (like after a marathon) but I've only ran a handful of times since then and they've all been short, easy runs.

You see, I've been following a plan since hiring Coach Suz last December. Every week, I would look ahead to what she had planned and work it into my schedule. Often, that meant waking up at 4 or 5 am to squeeze in the miles and cross-training between balancing life as a full-time working single mama.

I LOVE having a plan. I strive off it. After Vancouver, though, I knew I needed a break.

You see, I also will be starting another marathon training cycle in a few weeks. Before that, I have another two half marathons, an 8K and a 5K race. This two weeks "off" is coming at the perfect time.

They say marathons are victory laps after all your training. It's true. Training for a marathon is emotionally, mentally and physically exhausting. It wears on every part of you. Yet, here I am signing up to do it again. 

I have some unfinished business with the 26.2 mile distance. A desire to enjoy the process and celebrate my hard work (if I could skip the bronchial infection for this one that would be great too!) Of course, I want to PR but that is something I always have in the back of my competitive mind. 

So, I'm ready for the work. I'm ready to work my butt off training, to make sacrifices, to dream big.....But, not yet.

I have another few days before I'll start returning to my somewhat regular running schedule (about 20-25 miles a week) and then it'll be time to start Coach Suz's Chicago training plan. For now, I'm enjoying sleeping in, not washing my hair as often, trying new fitness classes, heading to Body Pump with friends at GoodLife Fitness and soaking up all my time with my favourite little man.

Do you take time off between training cycles/races?

Linking up with Canadian Girl Runs for Fitness Friday.

This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.

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