I did it. I took a week off from running and exercise. That might not seem like a lot of time to some of you, but for me it was a pretty big deal. And you what happened? Nothing spectacular. Life kept going. But it did give me good perspective. I needed the break from running and exercise to see how much time I do spend doing it. And how I couldn’t do it without the spport of those around me. I realized I need to say thank you more to those who help make it possible. Marathon training and especailly ultra marathon training is time consuming. It’s not just the running either, it’s the strength training and yoga and massages, arranging schedules, and complaining about nagging soreness. It’s a lot. I get it. But I love it.
Taking this little break was also good for me to see that I do enjoy running simply for the sake of running and not necessairly for the races or the medals, but rather the sense of community and belonging. I’m typically a solo runner, but I have a wonderful network of friends and blogging friends that are tremendously supportive and encouraging and sarcastic and ass kickers that let me talk and share about this sport of running. Any weekend I can find a friend who is running a race. That’s just cool to me to be surrounded by so many who love doing what I love doing. But I do cherish my early morning solo sunrise runs or my evening sunset jogs when it is just me and my dog. And I have even learned to enjoy a mid day run in the hot sun. I love the feeling of discipline and self accomplishment I get after a tough run. By the end of my week without running, I needed it. I missed it.
So what did I do instead of running? We spent a week in Clarksville TN with my family.
Feeding the ducks at Dunbar Cave.
Boating and Tubing at Kentucky Lake.
Playing with cousins.
Playing with my sister. There may have been karaoke invovled…
And by the end of the week, there was some pouting.
And so by Saturday, I was ready to run. And it was great.
So great that I went back on Sunday for some more.
I enjoyed my non running week where my food was prepared for me, extra hands to help with Noah, bigger toys for Noah to play with, relaxing on the houseboat, hanging out with my family, but I’m always happy to return to my routine. This time it just won’t be to 50-60 mile weeks. I have a low key Fall so far and only dared to mention a possible Fall Marathon to the hubs once – he’s still recovering from my June and July. So we will see, but for now I will keep running. Because I love it!
- Ultra Marathon Training Week 15 Recap and It’s Race Week, Baby!! (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)
- Friends of Dunbar Cave to hold Cooling at the Cave this Saturday (clarksvilleonline.com)
- Guest Post: Training For Races (reach-yourpeak.com)