I have a secret. It’s about time I share. It’s not that big really, except to me it is. It’s been a full 8 days since I last ran. I’m talking zilch, zero, nada. Not even a mile today when it’s 50 degrees out or a leisurely stroll to hang out with the guys from my running club. And the surprising thing is that I’m not even feeling so guilty about it.
Some people close to me have been worried lately. Laminator, where have you been? Haven’t seen you at group runs, in the park, in races. Are you hibernating? Well, folks. The truth is that I have decided to take a short break. After the great running year I’ve had in terms of mileage, marathons, or even just race PRs, I feel it’s appropriate that I give my legs and feet a short rest before official training for Boston Marathon kicks off in January. I’ve never ran more than 6 miles before at any one time during the winter, much less train for a springtime marathon so I’m worried that my body will burn out both physically and psychologically if I ran hard and long from one marathon training cycle to another without a good break in between. Besides, it will help me refocus and allow whatever microscopic injuries I might or might not be having to completely heal before I ask my body to perform again like a well oiled machine. So as much as it pains me to read and talk about running without actually doing it, I will adhere to my strict ‘no running’ policy until after the New Year.
Meanwhile, I think I have enough things happening in the next two weeks to keep me occupied. Case in point, I haven’t yet done any of my Christmas shopping yet…yikes! Maybe I’ll need to sprint from store to store this weekend to make it happen. Either way, at least my secrets out. Just thought you all should know. Aaahhh…the burden on my back feels so much lighter already!