- Total run miles for October: 55.2
- Miles run, year to date: 1,877.5
- Number of races in October: 2
- Longest run in October: 26.2 (Indianapolis Monumental
I basically took November off of life. I mean, yes I still ran races and logged miles but once I hurt my calf, I was unwilling to make matters worse. I got through my race and then I rested. And rested more. After the marathon, I thought I was going to go hard on the “recovery” but my plan for recovery didn’t include a lot of rest. Then I got the mother of all colds, which put me in my place and gave me some perspective.
I’ve sort of been forced to rest through the calf and the cold, but I’m also in a bit of a running rut. I am excited to start Boston training and I know once it begins I’ll be on board. I’d be lying if I said that I’m not still a little bummed about how the whole Indy thing went down. I’ve been eating what I want, not getting enough sleep, and not drinking enough water. I haven’t worn my Fitbit in a solid week and I haven’t logged into Fitness Pal. I’ve put in some good hours on my couch watching TV and I’ve drank gallons of coffee. I think I ate two entire pumpkin rolls by myself just over the past week. It’s kind of glorious, but I’m definitely starting to feel ready to get back into a routine.
Now if I can just kick this cold, I could move on with my life. I revisited my November goals and I give myself a big fat F for the month. However, it’s the first time that I can say I totally failed but feel completely fine with it. I shouldn’t have had any goals last month. That was the point of scheduling some recovery time. I’ve been checking off lists and living by a schedule since…I don’t know, January 2014? Here was what I wanted to do – and I had a pretty little spreadsheet saying how I would do it:
- Diet: get back to my Paleo-ish ways and incorporate more fruits and veggies since for some strange reason I forgot that those are important.
- Stretching: Yoga, at least twice per week
- Strength Training: Continue with pole classes, but return to the gym to restart PT exercises
- Core: Every damn day. I always do core everyday, but the past few weeks I’ve slacked.
- Cross Training: After my week of doing whatever I want, I want to be swimming, biking, aqua jogging, etc everyday while I’m not running. As I reintroduce running, I want to keep swimming through the winter months.
Just no. The spreadsheet went out the window pretty quickly. I had a good two weeks were I was eating well and cross training like a boss, but that went to shit over Thanksgiving. The rest of the list is laughable at best. It’s okay though – I truly needed the downtime and the lack of structure. I’m super Type A and like to have control over everything. It took about a week for me to kind of let go and it felt GREAT. I do feel refreshed and ready to get back to it, and to start Boston training in a few short weeks. I look back at the years where I did my best, and those were the years that were preceded by some rest. It is not reasonable to train for 12 months out of the year, year after year. I know this. I was kind of forced to take a step back and it was a really good thing. I needed to have some time where I could just do whatever.
I also don’t want my life to just be running and training. When I get caught up in a training block and consumed by a goal, I sort of lose sight of everything else. I don’t get paid for this. I do this for fun. Even with not feeling so hot over the past week, I have had a great month just doing what I want. I’ve gone to dinners with friends, concerts, and had time to just relax after work. I’ve slept in and spent the day with my husband, which is something I haven’t done in FOREVER. I needed that hot minute to be reminded of all of those things so moving forward with my next training block, I can be a little more balanced.
I officially start Boston training during the week of 12/14. Nothing too crazy to start – that won’t happen for a few weeks. I’m getting excited for it! Now to get moving over the next two weeks and get myself ready to beat the crap out of my body yet again.
How was your month? Ever take a step back from running?