Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week we’re talking about taking a break from running. Sometimes we need to take a break from running due to injury or just because we want to try something new. Right now I’m taking a break from distance running – let’s discuss!
I haven’t completed a double digit run since I ran the Charlotte Half Marathon back in November, and I’m actually okay with that! I knew that I would take a break from distance running after the Chicago Marathon. Now did I expect it to go this long? Not really, but it’s for the best and here’s why.
I have more time to dedicate to getting stronger, which is something I have always wanted to do. Because my runs are shorter (“long runs” usually 6 miles or less) I’m able to spend more time doing bodyweight exercises or lifting weights. I can’t begin to express how much I enjoy this. I also know that stronger legs and a stronger core with both be helpful when I go back to running longer distances.
So what have I been doing since I’m not clocking lots of miles? Orangetheory of course! Im able to run for 15-25 minutes during each class so I’m still getting in a good amount of shorter runs during the week. In addition to that, I also get to spend time on the rower machines and lift weights during the floor section of class. I feel like it’s such a full body workout which is more beneficial to me at this point and time.
I needed a mental break from distance running as well. During marathon training it was pretty brutal having to wake up at 5am or earlier on the weekends just to get in my long run before the temperature got too hot in the summer. I also needed a break from the stress of marathon training too. It’s SO hard to fit in all the training while maintaining a job and still trying to find time for family and friends.
I still plan on getting back to half marathon training sometime this summer to prepare for a few races this Fall, but for now, I’m enjoying my break 🙂
Have you ever taken a break from running?
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Topic for next week – Trail running – yes or no? Feel free to write about this or any running related topic.