Over the past month I decided to give myself a little break from running and this blog.
The time off was very much needed. I was experiencing a bit of burn out, I think, after running two marathons and pretty much going non-stop for the past year to year-and-a-half.
I didn’t completely stop working out. I just never broke more than 20 miles in a week. I did embarrass myself a couple of times by trying to run trails with some experienced ultramarathoners. We are talking 8 mile loops that literally kicked my butt. With a combination of terrain and heat I never made it more than six miles before I had to stop and walk run.
I received some pitying nods from the peeps I ran with. At least that is how I interpreted the situation with my sheepish embarrassment.
Beyond that, I started spin classes again on Monday nights and the occasional Thursday evening 1 mile swim.
Of course, all of that changes this week as fall marathon training begins.
I am committed to running a marathon again, albeit without a specific goal pace or need for speed.
Cleveland and Cincinnati marathons sort of taught me to just enjoy the run, avoid the goal. Who knows if I will be happy with that philosophy in October in Indianapolis when I run that marathon, but I know I’m not good at being competitive. That last part is especially true for myself, when I become way too judgy about my performance.
Other than that, no really big runner’s insights or anything like that.
I’ve just enjoyed the free time. I’ve seen a ton of movies (am I the only one who really enjoyed Man of Steel?), went to the pool when the weather allowed, and watched a marathon of movies and tv series on Netflix. I watched Freaks and Geeks in its entirety and can’t believe it took me a decade and a half to get around to actually doing it.
I also bought and played a video game, something I have not done in eons. Ever hear of PS3’s “Last of Us?” Fantastic horror video game. I’d recommend checking it out for those inclined to do so.
Anyway, I just wanted to write in, say hello, share, and see what my little blogging community of runners have been up to this summer.