ZERO WEEK.

Since last week’s marathon, I’ve done something that I have never done since starting running back in 2010:

Zero Week.

NOT RUN.

It’s been the weirdest experience! I slept in every single day (til at least 6:30 AM) and with the exception of Wednesday night, when I did a little lifting, I haven’t done any exercise either. I thought it would be really hard to see everyone’s awesome dailymile updates but really, it didn’t even bother me.

I am going to keep up the trend until Monday morning, when I look forward to ease back in with an easy run – after all, the Walt Disney World Marathon sure ain’t gonna run itself – but I honestly do think that this week was a great learning experience – and for a few reasons:

  • Not running meant I was without my standard stress-relief…so instead I wrote a pretty emotional post for my bi-monthly contribution to Beyond Distance. You can read that hereΒ πŸ™‚
  • Not running meant not stressing about getting to bed early. (On that note, I actually felt a lot more tired this week…)
  • Not running meant more time toward homework and last-minute stuff for the end of the semester.
  • Not running meant less laundry. Haha!!
  • Not running meantΒ I never dreaded a run. In fact, if it wasn’t for DailyMile’s week starting on a Monday, I’d be getting up early tomorrow to run since I am totally aching for one now, but I am so – err – particular, that I don’t want to mess up how my mileage graph looks πŸ˜‰

Above all, not running meant something so simple that it was profound: it signified to me that I, in fact, am a runner. I don’t need to run dozens of miles each week to PROVE anything – the only person that I have toΒ answer to is myself.

In the coming weeks, I will be easing into some sort of makeshift marathon plan of my own design and having an absolute blast down in Florida, then California. I am so excited to be around so many friends and fellow runners that do this for the same reasons that I do: for the challenge, friendships and experience – and I cannot wait to share that all with you!

Do you ever take breaks from running? If you don’t run, how about the sports/activities you’re passionate about?

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16 thoughts on “ZERO WEEK.

  1. I think everyone needs breaks and in fact this time allows your body to heal and become faster, not to mention we all need a mental break from it as well. I wish I were running Disneyland or at least cheering you on, Damn! your so close and yet it’s about 2 hour drive for me. gah!

  2. I think it’s healthy to have a zero week. I usually take a little time off after a big race. In fact, after the 10-miler in March, for a month afterward, I didn’t have any runs longer than six miles.

  3. Zero weeks are definitely healthy. I took one last week, other than a few sporadic workouts, but I was also recovering from an ankle thing, and I thought it was best to take a week off. It was nice, but it made me more thankful to get back into the running groove!

  4. I am glad that you had a zero week. You have been running a lot lately and I am sure your body appreciates the extra rest. When I don’t run I always find that I get bored. The most productive weeks I have are the ones right after a marathon. πŸ™‚

  5. Awesome! I think a rest week is the best thing an athlete can do – and sometimes the hardest – so congrats on sticking it out, focusing on some other stuff, and resetting your body. You’ll come back faster and stronger. Can’t wait to hear how your Disney Marathon goes!

  6. High five, friend. Love where your head is atβ€”a good place, it seems. (And happy to inadvertently follow in your footsteps. Keep leading the run-less way for me!)

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