I just ran 3 miles and it felt great!
It’s true, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Three miles would normally be meaningless to me, but I haven’t run much at all since the beginning of August – and this is a really big step. It’s been far too long. But, I’ve come to realize that this break has been really good for me. I mean, really good. I’ve needed this break since probably mid-2017 when I continued to slog through the miles because running was the only way I knew how to get through some incredibly tough months. I wholeheartedly believe that our bodies tell us what they need. My body was suggesting a break for quite a while. When I chose to ignore my body’s signals, my body revolted by shutting down. It had to scream “YOU NEED A BREAK!!”. It took a severe calf strain to get my attention.
Yes, it’s frustrating that I couldn’t do something that I enjoy. And after Richmond, I was super happy for my friends, but I shed a few tears because I wasn’t running. It has not been easy. Many days, I wondered if my running days were over.
But, I’m trying to see the good in every situation, so here are a few things that I’ve enjoyed in several months of not running.
- Stress plus rest equals growth. I believe this is true not only in training cycles, but perhaps on a more macro basis as well. It was good to push reset. My body feels pretty good right now and I know my running fitness will return.
- I was so consumed with running and training that there wasn’t room for much else in my headspace. I feel smarter and more focused right now. I feel refreshed.
- There are other things besides running.
- I’ve rediscovered my love of cycling, found hot yoga, and I have enjoyed several months of early morning personal training dates with my husband.
- I’ve enjoyed sleeping in on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. It’s been a long, long time.
- Family time! I have more time with and patience for my family.
- I’ve enjoyed social events. I haven’t had to pass up social events and alcohol, so I could be ready for the next day’s workout.
- I’ve been able to dive into work like I haven’t done in a while. I have also started working on a concept that I’d like to one day bring to life.
I’m hoping to be well enough to join Kimberly and Karen for our Advent runs in a few weeks, but there’s no pressure to get back to it. My sights are set on the Rock and Roll New Orleans half marathon in February.