This weekend consisted of a lot of couch sitting. Yep, I was a huge couch potato both days. Other than a nice slow run with Casey through town yesterday and a Halloween party last night we spent a lot of time catching up on sleep and watching football (college and pro alike). After last weekend I needed the catch up on the sleep.
After spending so much time training hard the past few months, then getting ready for the relay it is nice to be in a place right now where I can just run. Some days I feel really great and can go out and run really hard and other days when I feel like my legs are full of lead, thats okay too, I just trudge along at whatever easy pace I settle in to. It is nice not to put any particular pressure on any run.
I had been afraid that this cut back in intensity would put me in a bad place to start training for Boston when the time comes (late January I am thinking). So with that I started doing some research and it turns out these breaks are not only okay, but vital to good competition.
Some benefits include:
- Mental break from intense training (remembering why you love running)
- Muscle and connective tissue repair
- Maintaining fitness: this one is tough to find the balance but you don’t have to go at the same crazy intensity to keep from losing fitness (crazy right)
- Building a foundation: having a good strong base can come from consistent effort and an easy logging of miles to make the next start of training cycle easier
So with this I have been enjoying running with Casey, Scarlett (the pup) and anyone else who wants to run. More importantly I have been purely blissful in my running without putting any pressure or importance on any particular run. Before I know it I will be back in the swing of things training for Boston but I know I will be physically, and more importantly mentally ready to tackle the challenge!