Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Floundering

Race season is over here in Lousiana. Well, marathon season. There are 5ks to come thru the summer. But it's not the same as training for a half marathon. Therefore, I'm not technically in training.

I feel kind of lost. I've been in training since last June. I'm better with a plan. A schedule of what to do each day. It a fundamental part of who I am. And I'm not running at all this week. My IT band is acting up. Has been for weeks. I've finally given in and decided to give it much needed rest.

Like most runners, putting one foot in front of another is my stress relief, my exercise, my time to think about everything and nothing. I'm worried about losing fitness. I'm worried about gaining weight.

But the more I think about it, this will be good for me. Change is often scary. But change is good. And at times, training was starting to feel like a 2nd job and I was resenting it. Now I will start to focus on other things. Speed work. Strength training. Cross training. My bike.

10 comments:

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

Strength training, cross training like swimming will be great!

i hear ya with the change and needing a plan though. but the ST and the swimming will be great training

Jennifer said...

I also need to be training for something and have a schedule. I need some focus. THat is why my miles were low for January and february.

ajh said...

I also like a schedule as well as my time in between plans. Sounds like you will get through it.

Staci Dombroski said...

I can't wait to start swimming coming up. I just have to learn how to now :)

Allie said...

I want to swim and bike more this summer too, especially since I eventually want to do a tri.

Lori said...

Strength training and biking! Read about periodization, it's a great way to plan workouts so you peak during the time you want to (sounds like 1/2 mary season), but stay in shape without overtraining all year.

nikki224 said...

I've been training for back to back halfs (halves?) too and although at the moment, I'm looking forward to a training break, since I don't have any more on the calendar, I'm pretty sure I'll have the exact same feeling in 2 weeks. I think I'll do more speedwork since here in Illinois, there's a local 5k pretty much every weekend from here till the fall.

Sounds like the rest is needed for your IT though. Hope it gets better for you soon. It's so hard for a runner to take a break from running!

Croughwell said...

Just to let you know the secomd comment from Jennifer was my comment. My daughter had signed into her gmail account before me posting.

Allison said...

I am so into cross training right now and so over training for marathons. I am finding that I am actually becoming more fit as a result. Good luck to you!

Janet said...

Ahhh... glad to read someone else is in the EXACT place I am on the training thing. I like the training plan laid out but I too was starting to feel like it was too demanding. Running is supposed to realease stress, not add too it! Run when you can and know it's ok when you don't. Rest is part of it (or so I hear)!!!