We made it to Australia!
And it’s winter. But it’s lovely anyway!
After about 3 weeks of
casual non-running, due to race recovery, wedding, honeymoon, and moving internationally, I am finally back at it. While I’m coming back slow and easy, I’m reminded that running is not always a bed of roses.
I don’t always PR, I don’t always have the greatest of runs, I don’t always want to go for a run.
And even though I’ve missed running, this first week or so “back” has been more like a bed of thorns. I have felt pain during every run in one shape or form: upper back, lower back, heels, calves, quads, hip flexors. Not all of them in one run, but sometimes 1-2 in every run. I just don’t feel fluid or at ease in running right now. I don’t like it.
While even these small runs are gratifying and make me realize how much I miss it when I step away for a bit, it’s been a struggle for me to accept that this past week and a half has been so painful and achy.
I feel like I’ve been training a lot in these past 12 months. I have put in about 10 races in total. It really isn’t much when you think about it. Sometimes I run 2 races in a month, and then not race for 2-3 months. But the quality I am going for in every race is substantial. Aside from one race (Leadville), I have approached the other 9 races competitively. At least competing with myself and my own PR’s. I’ve proudly added a 5k, 10k, and half marathon PR to my stats list this year, and competed in 2 new distances, which automatically allows me 2 new PR’s! Not to mention experimenting with trail running/racing, which is a totally different ball game. And when I think about the quality of training that comes with each of those PR’s and each of those new distances, some on new terrain, I know I’ve asked a lot of myself in the past year.
So, perhaps now is my season of rest and enjoyment. Not to rest from running, but to rest from racing. Don’t get me wrong, I have several “races” I’m looking at here in the local area between now and December, but I’m not sure I should approach them competitively, backed with intense training.
That’s really hard for me to read back to myself and actually accept! But I think it’s the right thing for my body.
My goal is to run and be active for as long as I can. Continually training and competitively racing isn’t going to allow for that.
I will know when it’s the right time to switch gears and start training again. For all I know, it could even be in the next few weeks! But for now, this is how I’m feeling and this is where I’m at.