Marvelous Ultramarathon Monday
If you read my 10 Signs You Might Be Overtraining post from last Monday you know that I took a self imposed running break. As it turns out I took a running and strength training break. Except for stretching I asked nothing from my body beyond regular day to day living.
This is how my week looked:
Thursday: 6 miles
Saturday: 6 miles
Sunday: 12.1 miles
How do you think taking a break went?
The potential was definitely there for frustration and bad moods. I had a lot of extra time that I would usually spend running, working out and showering. I sleep better on days that I run. I don’t do well with sitting around doing nothing. I’m well into and enjoying the book I started last week.
Now, do you think the break went well?
The total break was exactly what my body and mind needed!
- Mindy commented on my overtraining post and mentioned distances this year. She is right and for whatever reason I never put it all together like she did.
- I don’t think I’ve ever run that many months in the triple digits in such a short period of time.
- I did not have a single minute of feeling frustrated.
- Not once did I feel like I wasn’t enough because I wasn’t running.
- Not once did I think I was “less” for needing a break. Ridiculous but this has happened.
- I’m making some changes to my overall training mainly with non-running workouts and I will continue to train for the 50 mile race in the fall.
- I vow to never skip a rest day again!
- I’m excited about running again.
- No more heavy legs.
- I no longer feel drained.
- I’m sleeping soundly and waking up feeling rested.
My first run of the week was on Thursday. An easy 4 miles (turned 6) as a test run to help me decide where to go from here. Wow! What a difference a few days make. To go from how I felt the Sunday before to this run was amazing! All of the reasons and signs I had to take a break to begin with were gone. Being totally open to a longer break I ran back to back runs Saturday and Sunday as test runs that would hopefully give me the green light to return to training.
They did. I am. And that is what makes this a Marvelous Monday!
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How’s your Monday? What’s marvelous in your life right now? Does your mood change when you’re not active?
I’m linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous In My Monday!