Resting is something that I am not good at. I am always on the go and a workout in my day helps me to keep my energy up and allows me to take a moment for myself. That said, I ran a marathon 10 days ago and I know I need rest.
It took me a few marathons to fully grasp the value of rest. I know, I KNOW cellular recovery, muscle fiber breakdown, yadda yadda. However in my head taking time off from running is a little bit like taking time off from breathing. So I didn’t … for the first 5 marathons I ran. Thats not to say that I would go for a 10 miler the next day. I’d give it a few days … and then head out. On achy joints, grindy knees and quads that would scream every time my feet hit the pavement. I told myself that this was the lactic acid working its way out. Yeah, I know … that is not even scientifically possible – I never claimed to be smart. Eventually sometime down the road I would need a break from running, maybe a small injury, maybe just a mental running overload … but the lack of rest ALWAYS caught up to me.
When I ran Richmond I stopped this nutty cycle. I didn’t run. For 2 weeks. I did other things, I kept moving … Spin, Figure 4, Yoga, walking but nothing that pounded my joints. Sadly I then came down with pneumonia and had to take another long while off from running. Womp Womp. I’d love to blame resting but I don’t think that was the case. You know what though, I survived the break. I even came back a stronger runner. A runner who runs the race of her dreams .
3 cheers for lessons learned.
Post LA Marathon I am taking it easy. I have gone for a few little runs, mostly run/walks. 95% of them with the jogging stroller which means that I am huffing 65+ lbs of kid and needing to sing endless cycles of Old MacDonald while running (Its fun, but a hard and fast workout it is not!)
I’ve done lots of yoga, some barre classes and quite a bit of tourist “cross training”
Mentally, I am struggling. Whoa do I want to go for a run. Whoa did the soft sand in CA look amazing with the sun shining down and the wind softly blowing. Temptation has been all around but I am restraining myself (ok so I broke down once, I’m only human!) and enjoying the wide world of cross training.
Monday – 3 miles slow jog in the soft sand COMPLETE – WENT A LITTLE OVER FOR 4 MILES
Tuesday – REST COMPLETE – TRAVEL DAY
Wednesday – Soul Cycle w/ Jolie COMPLETE – AMAZING CLASS