This week’s topic is: Running Breaks
There are many reasons to take a break from running.
This is the worst. Injuries suck. There is nothing you can do about them. You just can’t run. And you always wonder if you will again.
I have had a few. Broken foot in 2013…
Stress fracture in late 2012…
Ankle surgery for 2 broken bones in early 2012…
When I first started running, I stopped in October and began again in April. Then I realized that I could run in the cold weather, even in the snow. Running in the rain and ice. Not for me!!
The same can be true if you live in a warm, humid climate. It is hard to run in those conditions.
Yup, sometimes life gets in the way. I work full-time and I am not a morning runner. Evening and weekend work, family and friend obligations often make running impossible.
My hubby and my friends do not run so I try not to let running interfere with my relationships.
Sometimes, I’d rather be running but I know I always can’t choose running.
- Tapering or Recovering
Also we may not want to take a break, we know we have to. Before and after a long race, I usually take at least 2 days off. I like to be active and feel like a slug when I don’t run. But I that these old bones need a rest or there will be repercussions.
- Lack of Mojo
This is a tough one. It’s when you just don’t feel like running.
I’ve had this feeling many times but since I sign up for so many races, I know that if I don’t run, there will be consequences.
There are many reasons for lack of mojo:
- Over training
- Poor races results
We’ve all experienced these.
I have recently felt the last two. Since my half in April, my feet have bothered me on and off. It is not fun to run when something hurts.
I also have been disappointed in my finish times. I am getting slower. Especially for my April half which I trained for and the course was flat. I expected to do better and I was depressed for long time afterwards.
As a result, May was a low mileage month for me… (even though I ran a half marathon!!)
Happy Running? Do you take breaks from running?