10 Days Off
I took 10 days off of running because I got married. My last run was four days before my wedding and it felt great! I ended up doubling the mileage I was originally setting out to do. I knew it would be my last run before the wedding and probably a few days after, so I was happy that I felt so good and went for so long. 10 days later, a week after my wedding, I set out to do three miles. I wanted to do something small because I knew I would be slow and I didn’t want to push myself and somehow get injured or just get angry with myself for failing. I set my running app for three miles and thought “maybe I could go for four, we’ll see how I am feeling”. Boy am I glad I only set it for three. I left later in the morning than I normally do and the day had already warmed up. I prefer to start my run before the sun comes up because my body temperature runs very hot. I was exhausted and felt super slow.
Getting Through It
I am normally very hard on myself when it comes to working out, but I kept reminding myself that I took time off and no matter what, I was moving and getting back out there, and you know what? Even though I felt slow and hot, I had a really nice run and my pace wasn’t as terrible as I had thought it would be! I was proud of myself for getting out there and getting back into it. It wasn’t until my last ½ mile when I saw a girl across the street running like it was the easiest thing in the world. I had to stop myself from getting angry and just told myself “you can do this!” and I did! At that moment I started looking forward to the next time I could lace up my shoes and go out again.
This morning I woke up when it was still cool outside and set my app for a 5k, but I felt really good and ended up running four miles. After the first mile my pace got better and I was feeling good. Yes, I had only taken about a week off and I know it doesn’t seem like that long, but its interesting how after only a few days your muscles forget what it is like to run longer distances. I know I need to build it back up, but I also know that it won’t take me very long. I just need to get out there, not worry about my pace or anyone on the other side of the road, and just have the confidence that I will soon get back to where I was before I took a little break.
Running is not easy and with summer coming it is only getting hotter. Listen to your body and push yourself when it feels comfortable and right for you. Try not to worry about your pace, or mileage, or someone else running by, and just focus on getting out there and feeling good! In time your body will adjust and will let you get farther and faster.
Marci is a contributor to The Aloha Files. She is Amy's long-distance training partner and motivator (aka - the one girl who doesn't take any excuse from Amy to NOT run).