When I ran my first half-marathon I tried running only a few days afterward and ended up at the beginning of a six month ordeal involving a hip misalignment. When I ran my second half-marathon I played it much safer, opting not to run for probably 10 days. I think I’ll do the same again this time.
I was actually tempted to run Thursday night. My IT band was no longer bothering me and it was a hot one outside. The kind of evening where you would have a run and really sweat it out and feel hard core. Instead I opted for the elliptical and a few up dogs and downward dogs. And you know what? That was just fine.
I’m enjoying not running right now for a variety of reasons…
• The first two days post-half I didn’t exercise at all. And it was kind of marvelous. Suddenly I had so much more time on my hands!
• I’m able to enjoy a little bit of vino, without worrying about needing to hydrate for my next run.
• I’ve also been able to enjoy some good eats — nothing extravagant — but just rewards for finishing another training cycle and 13.1.
• I’m not hovering over a Microsoft Excel sheet, allowing it to determine how I spend every waking fitness moment.
• I’m going to actually take some time to do something I haven’t done in ages — hit the golf course. Walking and swinging are good for the soul.
• In the meantime I plan to leisurely scope out some 5Ks. I want to get back to running for fun and not feeling stressed over my training or that missed long run.
• I need more yoga in my life. I am hoping to attend some outdoor classes this summer, and when I’m not able — to get back to practicing at home.
• Oh and the deep-tissue massage I had Tuesday night — as a reward. Absolutely divine!
How do you reward yourself after the completion of a race and training cycle?
How many days do you take off from running?