Lessons from taking an off-season

IMG_0684After what was supposed to be my week to return to running when I developed my foot pain initially, my co-worker said that maybe my body just wasn’t ready to go back to to running yet. At the time I dismissed the comment but in hindsight maybe she was right.

I have run more in 2015 than probably in my entire pre-2015 life combined. And maybe I needed more than 4 weeks to recover from that.

While I didn’t choose this off season, I think it’s been a really important part of training. Mentally, getting to choose what exercise to do when has been really freeing.

It has also given me a chance to do things that I wouldn’t normally have time to do, like go to the gym 3-4 days a week or try out new swimming workouts.

All the extra time is the other thing that I have appreciated. I have been able to sleep in on weekend mornings. I have been able to get home from work and have nothing to do but make dinner. I have taken my dog for long walks without sore legs.  I have had the time to enjoy a lot of things that I usually just rush through.

All this time off has also given me a chance to really miss running and want to get back out there. Right now, I even miss the back-to-back long runs on weekends; I might regret that statement eventually.

Now I’m really ready to get back to lots of running. My transition back will be slow but that’s okay because I am learning to appreciate this time and it’s more necessary than you realize.

Do you take an off-season?

Happy running!

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3 thoughts on “Lessons from taking an off-season

  1. janerunswild December 8, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    It’s hard to take a break from something you love, but sometimes it’s necessary! Sounds like you will come back from the off season stronger than had you continued to run. I enjoy some time off between marathons- j need the mental and physical break!

    • KatherineRunsUltras December 9, 2015 / 9:14 am

      It’s definitely necessary and you always appreciate later, it’s just hard when you’re in the middle of it. I hope your training is going great 😀

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