I feel like I haven’t talked about running (or blogged) in ages. And, to tell you the truth, it’s been a nice change. After this summer and early fall marathon training, only to be majorly let down by my performance at Marine Corps, I needed a break.
And that’s what I did. I took a long(ish) break from running. I was going to make it seem like my idea but really it was school’s idea, and also the steady stream of out-of-town family coming to visit. Let the holidays begin!! So with family time, a mini vacation, and a ton of visitors, running has been put on the back burner.
You’d think that when family comes to visit you will be able to squeeze even MORE running into your weeks because there are people to watch your kids (so you can run) or people to cook for your family (so you can run) or people to help you clean (so you can run). But in my experience it never ever works out that way. And the problem, as I’ve said every year, is ME. When family come to visit and help out, all I want to do is sink into the couch and enjoy the extremely rare down time! Then, with everyone eating and laughing and being merry, the last thing I want to do is say, “Wow this is so much fun that I’m going to leave the house and run!!” No! I want to stay and laugh and eat too!!!
That being said, I have done a few runs. And by that I mean exactly three. Three runs in the three weeks since my marathons. Two out of the three runs were awful. If they had felt better, maybe I would have been inspired to run more. Ah well. The good news is the last one was the best one and it has inspired me. It was also my longest run post marathon – 6 miles. I’m going to try and get the mileage back up to run Disney but, as to that marathon, I do not think I will be PR’ing there. Not if this influx of visitors and my inability to run while having visitors continues (not to mention final exams coming up). On the other hand, I don’t care. It’s so nice to be able to just run without dire consequences attached to every run’s success.
I’m in a good place with my running. I am going to spend the next 7-8 weeks running for enjoyment, while being mindful that it might be nice if I make a few of those runs 15-18 miles. But I’m not going to stress about it. If I change my mind and want to crank out another attempt at a PR, then I’ll sign up for the Fort Lauderdale Marathon. But it has been great not marathon training. I’ve WALKED a million miles but that’s another story. I feel refreshed from this break of worrying about a marathon and training and paces and injuries. And who would have guessed I’d also get a “medal” for just hanging around, being happy, and living life?! It’s not all about the marathon bling after all.
P.S. I WISH I went to Monsters University! I tell my kids that’s where I go to school though. 🙂
Can’t wait to catch up on everyone else’s runs/races! And if anyone has a sure-fire way to train through the holidays and visitors, let me know!!