Well, I’m pretty much already in “taking a break” mode. It sucks. I don’t want to do anything. And I mean nothing at all. I was really hoping to keep up with things until after I ran the half marathon next Saturday. I’m afraid that because I haven’t been training that I’m not going to meet my goal of finishing in 2:15:00 or faster. I guess we’ll see, won’t we? There’s really not much to recap, but let’s do this.
On Sunday I had plans to meet with up with my friend Kirsten for a 6 mile run. We were going to do the same run we did together before. I had slept until noon on Saturday and then didn’t go to bed until 1am. Then, I woke up at 5 and couldn’t go back to sleep. My alarm was set for 6 so I could meet her at 7. Shortly after 6 she texted me and said her hip was hurting too much. So, no run and no trip to the gym either as I, of course, felt like doing nothing.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of writing about all the workouts I planned on doing but then didn’t do for this reason or that reason. Whether the reasons were valid or not doesn’t matter. It’s like a broken record… “Oh, I fully intended to workout, I had planned a XX-mile run, but the stars just didn’t align the way I wanted them to so I didn’t do it.” Or whatever.
I think I might lay off the weekly recapping while I’m taking my break from running since it seems most of the entries are either “worked overtime, blah blah blah” or “too tired, slept in”…unless I workout at least 2 times a week, then I’ll do a recap. I’m just tired of writing that I did nothing day after day.
I would like to say that I am feeling better…more normal?...more balanced, maybe…just more unloaded. I don’t feel the pressure I was feeling before to keep up appearances and live up to my own somewhat high standards. I don’t want to let you guys down by not doing my workouts or by not eating by my plan. But, I do have to take care of myself and part of taking care of myself does happen to include taking breaks every now and then. I usually only take one break a year, so it’s not like I’m taking a week or two off every month or every other month or anything like that. I would make no progress if I did that. But, as Kirsten told me, taking a month off once a year shouldn’t negatively affect my progress. Sure, I’ll gain a little weight, but it’s nothing I can’t lose again when I do get back on track. Me taking a break is me keeping it real, you know? I’m not perfect…far from it…and I’m not afraid to admit it. I want you to know that it’s okay for you to take a break too if that’s what you need. Or, maybe not take a break, but just scale things back a little bit…or try something new for a while before getting back to your usual.