Tuesday, December 16, 2008

No Running Til New Year…

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!

17 comments:

Frayed Laces said...

who cares about running---your christmas shopping isn't done? I am aghast!

*aron* said...

i havent run in 8 days either :) you aren't alone! i dont think i can make it to the new year though :)

i also havent done my christmas shopping! GAH must get going on that.

way to be smart and take the break... your legs will appreciate it come april 20th :)

Julianne said...

I heard it was like 60 degrees out in NYC today. No run, still? ;-) You totally deserve to hybernate and REST!!!

Run For Life said...

You're hilarious, enjoy the rest...just not TOO much! As for Christmas shopping, I am also slacking in that department.

D10 said...

I think it is a smart idea to take some time off and focus on things other than running. Like you said it will be a nice break not only for your body but for your mind as well. Soon enough you will be back in training mode and you want to be 100% for Boston.

Now, get some shopping done you are running out of time!

joyRuN said...

With your training schedule, I'm sure your legs are so very thankful for this well-deserved break.

Happy recovery :)

PS - I've been slacking on the Christmas shopping too. Shhhh...

Cowboy Hazel said...

Enjoy the time off! Sounds like a smart move. I might do the same after this weekend's 15K.

RazZDoodle said...

So this will give you more time to worry about *my* marathon, right?

Cindy said...

enjoy your break! and i think shopping can be considered cross-training, depending on how aggressive you are.

J said...

Good luck with the Christmas shopping - Hope the crowds don't get to you!

Good idea to take time off - I am sure this will help you when it comes time to train for Boston!

The Happy Runner said...

Good idea -- give those legs a well-deserved break and then turn it up for Boston. Enjoy yourself!

M*J*C said...

Enjoy your time off...and get the Christmas shopping done! Thanks for stopping by with the kind words, I really appreciate it!

Chic Runner said...

Ahhh time off, you seem to deserve it! Get after those presents and try not to dash through too many stores!

Andrew is getting fit said...

Have a well deserved break!

X-Country2 said...

After the year you've had, a couple weeks of rest is probably a great idea. Good luck with the shopping!

Jamie said...

Enjoy your very well deserved break! Everyone needs a little time away. And seriously get on that shopping.

Marie said...

Sounds like a good idea. Sometimes your body (and your mind) need a break and time to recharge.

 
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