Reading back over my training log the last 8-12 weeks, there is a consistent theme of tired legs. My easy runs got slower and slower, which is normal when in training, but it was rare that I felt good or had that ‘pop’ in my legs.
After falling apart in Richmond and on several training runs, I’m realizing that my body is asking for a little break! I felt this way during one other training cycle and wrote about identifying signs of over training.
It can be tricky, since some general fatigue is normal, but when I gave myself permission to say ‘season over’ rather than finding that follow up half marathon, I felt relief. That is a sign that I need a break! Normally I have the motivation to race but it just isn’t there right now.
So what’s next? Rest!
Of course, that could change, but for the next week or two I’m going to run if and when I feel like it but keep it easy and take extra rest days. I may still jump into a December race for fun, but no big goals.
This last week after Saturday’s half marathon (12 miles of it):
Tuesday: 9 miles with 2 easy, 4 x 800, 2 miles at 6:45, 2 x 800
I would normally rest after a half for a week, but since I didn’t actually “race” it, my legs were ready for a little workout.
Wednesday: 8 easy miles (8:55 ave)
Thursday: 6 easy miles (9:05 ave)
Friday: short spin/strength
Saturday: 9 miles easy + Girls on the Run 5k with L!
Sunday: 5 easy with the MRTT crew
The highlight, by far, was running L’s first ever 5k with her! She had a great experience with the Girls on the Run program this fall, and despite it feeling pretty long in that last mile, she already said she wants to do it again.
I loved watching how proud she was of herself! And I’ve never run a race with so many girls- over 400 little girls running together with spectators and fans cheering them on was pretty special!
Have you ever felt over trained or in need of a running break?
Tell me about a time you saw your kid really proud of him/herself.