It's now been eleven days since the marathon and I still haven't gone for a run. It's not that I haven't wanted to or that I haven't felt like I am physically able. I'm motivated to go, but it's been nice for the first time since I started running again in early 2011 that I am not training for anything.
That's not entirely true.
I am running in the Bond Brook Tread Fest 5-Miler on the 21st with my Rail Trail Chicks. I'm also planning on training for the Sugarloaf Marathon, but that's not until May and official training won't start for that until the last week of January. And I'm pretty sure there will be other races in between.
I have enjoyed staying up a little later and getting an extra hour of sleep in the morning. I've enjoyed not waking up to the aches and pains of plantar fasciitis now that I've taken a break from running.
I do think that when I start running again (next week, I promise), I need to follow a training program. I'm a list person and am better at getting things done if I have it down on paper. I have been really happy with the Run Less, Run Faster program and have used it throughout from the 5K all the way to the marathon. It works so well with my schedule and I think has helped keep me relatively injury free. I want to keep my mileage up through the winter months, but not as high as the marathon training, so I plan on following the half marathon program until the end of January. That sounds right, right?
I think I will be ready next week to start back up. I'm finding that I've got a shorter fuse since I haven't gotten my run in and the marathon high has worn off. I did watch Spirit of the Marathon on Netflix this morning for a little motivation and I've lived vicariously through my running friends in real life and in bloggyland through this little hiatus.
Have you ever taken a voluntary break from running or working out?