The past two weeks since the marathon have been all about rest. My coach prescribed two whole weeks of recovery before starting to run again. Two weeks seems like forever at first, but it honestly flew by very quickly. It has been a great time to catch up on to-do lists and explore activities we don’t always have time for. There have been lots of long dog walks, thinking about the future, cooking new meals, and painting. We went to a paint and sip class, which was really fun.
We also painted pumpkins for Halloween instead of carving them. This year we handed out glow sticks in lieu of candy and I was nervous the kids wouldn’t like them, but they were a big hit!
If you had asked me to take two weeks off of running one to two years ago, I would have said no way. Even now, it would have been really hard to take this type of break without a coach telling me to do so. I do recognize the benefits, and I have come to realize the importance of rest and recovery for both the body and the mind.
Physically, it allowed my body to heal from all the pounding and high mileage over the past few months. It has decreased my risk of injury, prevented overtraining, and allowed any micro-tears in my muscles to heal. Psychologically, the time off has invigorated my motivation and love for running even more. It has given me time to reflect on the past and plan for the years to come.
I am not 100% sure of my racing plans for next year, but we do have a turkey trot coming up and I am running a half marathon in February in Florida. My motivation to run comes from within myself, so it is important I listen to my body and chase after what excites me most! The moment pictured below will always hold a special place in my heart. Running is my passion, but family is everything.
Here is my first timed run back, complete with ice and snow because Vermont likes to do that in the winter. I felt surprisingly quick and speedy with fresh legs.
Time to get out the cold weather gear and put another log on the fire! Hope you have a great week!