I know. You are probably thinking that a rest week for a runner would be a good week for blogging. No! Last week I took some time off both. I made the hard decision – both for my body’s sake and due to family reasons – to not run the half marathon in Buffalo over Memorial Day Weekend.
I have decided that my calendar of running was a bit too much for me. I ran the Skunk Cabbage Half on April 14th. I ran the Blue Ridge Full on April 20th. I ran the Pittsburgh Half on May 5th. That makes two half marathons and one full in three weeks time. My legs and the rest of my body needed a rest. In the last two weeks – until yesterday – I had only run 3.25 miles at a time. Not good for a half marathon this coming weekend.
I did spend the week catching bits and pieces of the Amgen Tour of California. I felt uncomfortable as the riders went up the Tram Way road that I had run two years ago this October. Top off the immense incline – running it was one thing, biking up it a totally different animal – with what was a lot of heat in the desert area near Palm Springs on Day Two and I am amazed these professionals made it to the top.
So the week was spent working and doing a lot of work. Friday was bring home the college kid. Saturday was I’m not quite sure what but did include watching my Red Wings beat the Blackhawks. I suppose I should pay more attention. Sunday I finally got in a decent run. This made me think that I should not have given up the Buffalo Half but I am not changing my mind.
This week is starting off good. Weather is cloudy but warm. I have managed to secure a bib for the Boilermaker 15K in July. I am on the way to having a perfectly planned marathon training that will start the day after the Boilermaker. Life is good.
2 thoughts on “Rest Time”
I understand these sentiments completely. I have been taking more “recovery” and “rest” time this past month, I can just tell I need it. Doesn’t mean there isn’t running happening, just not the hard core or the pushing out of my comfort zone. Right now I needed comforting runs 🙂 That 15k in July sounds perfect!
That’s the way I am. I just know when I need to pull back. I feel, other than the weather here being bi-polar, fantastic when I get in my runs now.