Since last week’s marathon, I’ve done something that I have never done since starting running back in 2010:
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 here 🙂
- 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 meant 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 😉
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 to 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?