"I haven't run since..."
The dreadful words any running blogger hates to type. In a sport where rest is a key component to a healthy well-balanced program, why is it so taboo to admit you're taking time off of running? Is it a fear failure? Or could it be your embarrassed to admit a monkey wrench in your plans caused you to miss something? Who knows! I'm sure its different for everyone, and each particular instance. For me, at this particular instance, it's because I've just not been into running since the orthotics incident(link).
I ran Friday, short but decent. Saturday was family day, Sunday I spent most of the day digging up the backyard to level it for a patio, and today, well, I got in a 1.55 mile walk, but I doubt I could have run anyway. I'm sore from all the digging. Running, however, has just not been a priority. I can definitely see it too.
Before and during marathon training, I was focused on running and loosing weight. I did well. I dropped from about 218 down to 195 and plateaued. after the marathon, I slowly started gaining again. A little here, a little there. I attributed it to stopping the long distance and the fact I had a bunch of work trips and eating out. Well it's continued to the point I'm back up to 210. Time to stop kidding myself that I slipped only slightly and focus on the pounds. To begin with, I've got to get back on to my calorie tracking. Yeah, it's not the best method, but it was really working for me.
Yet, I've had little interest in running lately and find myself struggling to get out there. It's not that I'm burnt out. Quite the contrary, I've taken several breaks from running lately, but my moxy is just on empty. I think I need to focus on other pursuits for a bit and let the pot simmer.
I don't plan to stop running or blogging, but to stop stressing about any of it. Who knows, maybe this funk will lift next week and I'll be rearing to go. For now, I'm just going to chill.
Besides running, what other ways do you escape and destress?