After 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?