Why I'm Not Running and Why I'm OK With It.

You read correctly. I’m not running. I’m taking a break. I’ve been saying it since the Twin Cities Marathon yet I have failed to do so until now.

I’ve signed up for races left and right this year. In fact, so many that I have lost track! These last three, The Half Fast Half Marathon, the Kenyon 5K Run for the Roses, and the Team Ortho Get Lucky Half Marathon, all happened in a three week span. And they have done me in. I’ve had some real troubling leg issues in my hips and calves, not to mention a little weight gain which has thrown off my entire gait. Yes, the chiropractor seems to be helping tremendously, but I’m still quite sure I’m over trained. And it is time to refrain from the pounding.

RestDay

I’m still doing my P90X workout, and to burn some calories, I have been on the stationary bike. Thanks to that bike and my Mac book Air, I have been able to finally catch up on some blogging that has been long overdue. I’ve also been able to respond to a chunk of e-mails sitting in my inbox for a few weeks now. It feels great, mentally, to be able to catch up on all of this and get back to my second love…writing.

I do love to write. I find it liberating to get stuff off my mind. I have no idea of who is out there listening…and I don’t really care if there are more who aren’t than are. If you are, I appreciate it. If you respond to my blatherings, I relish it. Around here at home, it is tough to get any kind of feedback, whether positive or negative. My blog is like my psychologist. It listens, but it doesn’t judge.

So, I’m not running.

And I’m OK with it.

I’m feeling much better, I have to admit. I’m sleeping better again, and slowly but surely, my legs are getting back to normal. This rest must be done if I’m going to be in any kind of condition to tackle that marathon in two months. I’m not too worried, because I know I’m already in great physical condition, with the exception of my weight, which has crept up a bit.

5 Pounds is 5 Pounds

See, I’m NOT crazy!

My husband laughs at me when I complain about my 5 pounds…but since I usually maintain 115 pounds, 5 pounds more is a nice chunk of change and it has affected my running. It needs to come off if I have any hopes of running ailment free. Where has it come from? I’m not too sure, but I’m deep into peri-menopause now, and the cycle upset is horrendous. I also believe that being over trained is making me retain the weight. Stress does that. And over training stresses the body.

So, I’m not running. Well, at least not right now.

And I’m OK with it.

Chicago marathon 2015 acceptance letter

I’m in!

The best news arrived earlier this week that my time qualified entry into the Chicago Marathon has been confirmed! All I have to do is slap down the entry fee and I’m in! I couldn’t be more excited. This is the marathon I’d love to PR. And being that it is in October, I’ll have plenty of time to rest and regroup for it. I’m more than excited! With this run, and Boston 6 months later, and perhaps New York 6 months after that, my 50th year on this earth will be one to remember.

And do you remember that Kenyon Run for the Roses 5K? The one where I ended up being the first female finisher? It turns out there were 70 entrants! So, to be the 5th finisher of 70, and the first female, makes it a little more rosy. 😀

And here we are, mid week. I’m still NOT running.

And I’m OK with it.

(Maybe if I keep repeating it to myself, I’ll really be OK with it!)

What is the longest voluntary break you have ever taken from running? Why did you take it? 

5 Responses to Why I'm Not Running and Why I'm OK With It.

  1. petitepacer says:

    Yeah, I ALMOST believed you.. your last sentence confirms it.

  2. Gigi says:

    Good for you! If your body needs it…your body needs it.

  3. I promised my coach that I’d take 2 weeks off after my next half in May. That’s to get my legs rested for fall marathon training. I took 2 weeks off in December and it was SO HARD not to run. But it did me a world of good. I know we’re supposed to take time off. Its just not easy…

  4. Kim Hatting says:

    I have, at times, taken a few weeks off from running. This winter, I scaled back my mileage a lot, due to the fear of being over-trained (like you mentioned) and just plain burnt-out. And, I did have a (not-so-small) issue with the neutral shoes a dude convinced me I needed…and am still trying to rally back from that episode. I did 10 half marathons last year (and several other distance races, including a marathon in October), and decided to scale back on the distance events in 2015. I have an ultra on the agenda, and am entertaining the idea of a couple marathon as well….it’s in my best interest to focus on a smaller number of quality performances rather than several “average” ones. At ;east that’s my plan on paper. And I’m OK with that 🙂

  5. It sounds like you’ve got some pretty good reasons. I’m glad to hear that you’re already feeling better!

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