It has been 2.5 weeks since my marathon and I have ran twice since then (in Seattle: 2 miles one day and a 1/2 marathon the next day) and I am going to take a few more weeks off from running just because I know it will be best for me in the long run (that is a fun pun). I can’t think of a time in my running lifetime that I took time off from running for anything besides an injury or the first few weeks after Brooke was born as I was recovering. I just don’t normally take breaks from running because I love it so much and it is just part of who I am but after the marathon I knew that it was necessary that I took a break.
I definitely miss running but this has been a much needed break mentally and physically.
I get kind of obsessive about running so as long as I have something else I can focus my extra brain power on (currently strength training and decorating my new apartment) then I am fine.
Today I went to a sports conditioning class that left me exhausted by the end. The teacher would have us do a few minutes of intense intervals using a step followed by a few minutes of strength training with very few short breaks. I was dripping sweat by the end.
Just a pic with my pump teacher and her little boy that is only ONE DAY younger than Brooke. PS I don’t know why I am not looking at the camera but sometimes that just happens.
The really hard part about not running—> losing fitness that I worked so hard to gain. For instance, today on our walk I saw this sign for a half that I ran/got a pr/and won last year and I realized that there is no way I will be back in time to run anywhere near that speed this year (if I even do it). I also really miss the time in the morning with my girls and that endorphin high that I get afterwards. I do think I have come a long way in my running addiction just judging by the fact that I am able to truly take time away from it and still be happy and completely fine with a break.
Now is my time to get crazy strong from strength training and let my body get back to a place where I can run and feel really good again so I can train hard again and get some new prs.
We took our Walking Club to the next level and decided to wear matching shorts. People on the trail must have thought we were really cool.
I can’t stop. I spend too much time going to different furniture stores (Downeast is awesome because they have awesome furniture with really great deals) and looking online to find exactly what I want.
At least Brooke is enjoying it too.
During nap time I took my siblings to see my new apartment and then we got some lemonade because we like to live on the edge.
Remember how lasagna is my favorite meal ever (you can verify that statement by looking up the past 4 birthdays that I have had on this blog and see that I requested it for my every birthday dinner)?!?
My sis is a good woman:
And after dinner we hit up a birthday party for one of Brooke’s friends. She looks a little angry about the fruit but she loved it just seconds later.
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On a scale from 1-10 (full on addicted).. how addicted to running are you? What about exercise in general?
The meal you typically request on your birthday!?
Longest break you have taken from running? Why did you take the break?
Do you enjoy decorating your house/apartment? Where do you get your furniture!? Links to cool websites/stores/blogs would be great!