Rest Does a Body Good

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

On My Way to My First Medal
Slacker
I’ve been slacking on keeping up with my blog posts. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season isn’t even in full swing and yet my mornings, afternoons and evenings are filled with just enough activities to keep me away from my keyboard. I’ve missed writing and confess that when I’m running, I often think of all the things I want to write about – running, races, food, holiday gifts … it all bumps around in my mind. I think I got to the point where I had so many different ideas for posts that I didn’t know which one to focus on so I didn’t. C’est la vie. I’m back and ready to share.

Running Break
Yep, I’m still running. In fact, I am in training, but last week I decided to take (almost) a full week off. I know this is mostly unheard of for runners who are in training, but there’s a method behind my madness. I ran a great 20-miler on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which was also the same day that I flew out to California for the holiday week. I knew my legs were going to need to recover and in the past I haven’t let them rest much after long runs, which I think has led to some of my downfall in the later weeks of my training. This time is different. This time, I have promised myself to go about my training a little smarter and really listen to my body and the helpful advice from runners’ blogs I find on the Interwebs and in articles from Runner’s World. So, even though I packed two sets of running clothes, I only went for one (glorious) short run in the cool northern Cal weather. Lots of hills kept my pace slow, but I could definitely still feel fatigue in my legs. By the end of my self-prescribed week off, I was itching to get back out there. I was ready. I was so ready that I woke up this morning at 4:30 a.m. to squeeze in a quick 3-miler in before work.

Now comes the tricky part of fitting in my runs into the jam-packed weeks leading up to the holidays.

On the Horizon
I am registered for the Rock ‘n Roll AZ half marathon, but my crazy-butt has been running all over town (literally) and training for the full. What’s great about registering for the half but training for the full is that there is no commitment to run the full when it comes time to line up for the race. If I feel ready and up for the challenge, I can upgrade my registration. If not, no biggie; I’ll run the half. It’s actually been kind of nice not having the looming pressure I have felt in the past when I’ve registered for a full and then started training for it. Now, I know it’s all in the way I think about it, but so far this plan is working for me. I have had a couple of successful (and a few unsuccessful) long runs and I’m enjoying my training. I’ve even found a new mid-run fuel in PowerBar’s Energy Blasts and a fueling schedule that’s been working well for me. There’s still quite a bit of time before the Rock ‘n Roll race, so we’ll see how the next few weeks of training pan out.

Here are some of my upcoming races:
24th Annual Runner’s Den Fiesta Bowl 5K – December 4 (I’m a Girls on the Run running volunteer!)
12Ks of Christmas – December 10
Rock ‘n Roll AZ – January 15
Ragnar Relay Del Sol – February 24-25

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