But first, some randoms:
-My sister, her family and my cousin went to an 80’s themed event and this picture made me extremely happy. The 80s were a very good time.
-While in Seattle we were able to take a tour of Brooks Headquarters (my favorite part of the trip). It was incredible to see how much detail, time and creativeness goes into each and every item that they make.
I am wondering why they stopped making the bathing shoes though.
-Learning about all of the different new shoes coming out! I took the picture with my flash so that you could see the reflective parts of the shoes. Aren’t the new colors on the PureProject line just beautiful!?!?
-I had Cafe Rio at 6:44 a.m. on Friday morning. I was at the airport. I was starving. They have a breakfast version of their salad in the morning and I couldn’t resist.
I can pretty much eat anything at any time of day.
-Heaven. Chocolate dipped frozen bananas will always remind me of Disneyland.
I am exhausted. The marathon breaks me down, that is for sure.
I was talking to my mom about how frustrated I was because I just feel worn out lately and how mentally I am checked out from running—> she reminded me that to get any faster by October (my next Marathon) I absolutely have to do two things—> rest and get stronger (via strength training).
So, that is what I am going to do for the next month or so. I have been going hard core on the cardio side of working out for way too long and I think my body deserves a break. Even during my 5 weeks off due to injury I was still doing a ton of cardio to try and keep up my fitness but it is time to take a break from that. Since Brooke was 7 weeks old (my first postpartum race) I have constantly been racing half marathons and training for the next big thing.
Blogging and social media sometimes make me feel like I constantly need to be training, running and racing because there are a lot of people that can do that… honestly that just isn’t for me… physically or mentally. I feel like if I spend the next 4 weeks (or how ever long it takes me to feel the desire to train hard and for my body to feel good) doing pretty much zero running/pool running/etc and then just sticking to yoga and strength training that I will start out my next marathon training cycle feeling great and ready to work hard. If I keep going at this point… I will burn out.
Runners just need a break in between their training cycles.
I have reread this article at least a dozen time. If you have a hard time giving yourself time off from running then PLEASE READ THIS!
Recovery is just as important as training! Most elites schedule in complete breaks from running each year, they rest for a few weeks! Not just a few weeks of reduced mileage but a few weeks of complete rest.
Am I going to lose fitness while I take a break? Absolutely and probably a lot but at the same time I will be able to come back for this next training cycle ready and excited to train hard without worrying about burnout or injuries. I can just predict what my training for my fall marathon would be like if I didn’t take a complete break—> sluggish feeling, exhausted all of the time, not hitting my goal paces, injuries and mentally not enjoying it.
I’d rather choose to take a break now then be forced to take a break when I am training for the marathon because of injuries… plus, I think I will get a way better time by taking time off now than if I kept running even if it was just ‘easy’ running.
PS you won’t be able to get rid of me that easy… I won’t be writing about my running for the next month or so but I do have a trillion and four running topics I want to discuss with you guys so be prepared.
Last time you took a complete break from running? For how long?
Is it pretty tough for you to take a break after running a race or after an intense training cycle?
Weirdest thing that you have ever had for breakfast? Are you able to eat most things in the early morning or no?