Throughout the whole week my brain kept saying - hey, you need to train for a marathon. Get your butt moving. Get your mileage in. But it wasn't happening, I had zero energy or appetite and it was all I could do to finish the work day. I started worrying about missing so many runs, losing fitness, and just overall not being able to run again (extreme and ridiculous, I know.) By Friday I had myself so worked up about it that I was almost afraid to even try running because I expected the worst.
I did it anyway, Kevin and I set out for an unknown see-how-I-feel distance on Friday evening which ended up being 2.8 miles. And you know what? I was FINE. I worried all week for nothing. I'd even say that five days of no run, no workout was good for my body because I felt rather refreshed. Taking planned time off can be so mentally challenging that I don't tend to do it. This time my body made me, and I'd say I'm better for it. I need to remember this in the future - a few days off to rest really won't be the end of the running world!
Happy to be in run clothes, skeptical about the first run back.
After realizing training will be ok, I decided not to push the long run yesterday and instead to enjoy an easy 6 mile run in SF. Kevin and I ran the Golden Gate Bridge both directions, then went down into the Marina along the water for a little bit. The weather was gorgeous, sunny and windy but not cold.
This week I'll slowly get back into my training plan and see how things go. I've been thinking lately that I want to focus more on speeding up my half marathon than training for the full, so I may not end up pushing my weekly mileage as high as I'd hoped before CIM. That said, I'll make sure to get in enough long runs to be prepared; I just might not shoot for three 20 milers like I'd planned.
I added the Nike Women's Half Marathon to my schedule when they opened spots this week - my friends are running their first full and I planned to go cheer. Why not run a distance I'd run that weekend anyway and get the Tiffany bling? I'm sure I'll go crazy with the logistics and crowdedness like I did last year, but at least this year I know going in that it's not a race to go for time, it's a race to enjoy.