Cutting myself some slack

Friday, September 13, 2013

This has been a busy year, and an even busier summer. It started with training for, and then running Robie Creek "The Northwest's Toughest Half" in April, and then training this summer for the 30K that I ran on Labor Day. I haven't lost any weight since the beginning of the year, but I have improved my squat and deadlift max by quite a bit, and put on muscle and lost some fat. I also bought my second horse, an untrained 3 year old filly, in July, and have started the training on her in addition to working my first horse. Last week I decided to start digging up the front yard by hand to re-do the landscaping. Oh, and I have a great big veggie garden and laying hens and do lots of cooking and preserving. And work a full time job.

So I've been thinking for the last several weeks that I should run the City of Trees Marathon in October, because I might as well knock Marathon off my list while I've got the distance training under my belt. My plan was for an easy run last weekend, then a 22-miler this weekend, then another long-ish run around October 1st to get ready for the marathon. However, I did six miles last weekend, and aside from some soreness from my race popping back up around mile 4, I felt fine until I was standing in the kitchen making breakfast and experienced a shooting pain in my right ankle bone. I hobbled a bit and wrapped it for a couple days, and haven't been on the road since. Monday I did a lower-body weight training session, then came down with a lighter version of the cold DH caught, which seemed to exacerbate the DOMS from the weight session and all the yard work, plus I was pretty much out of commission after work on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Today, I decided that I've got to just cut myself some slack! I've been riding myself pretty hard for months, and frankly, I'm burnt out. The stuff that's not getting done has been stressing me out, and the voice in my head saying I really need to run 22 miles this weekend needs to shut it. So luckily I have the flexibility, and decided to take the day off from work tomorrow. I probably won't flop on the couch and catch up on Breaking Bad, but I'm going to take the next three days to re-group, reorganize, run if I feel like it and as far as I (and my ankle) feel like it, and not worry about marathons. That's not to say I won't do the marathon if I'm feeling like doing it, but I'm not going to chide or guilt trip myself into it. I've accomplished enough this year and need to give myself a break!
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    Great decision! Cutting ourselves some slack can be a challenge, but it definitely is for the best. emoticon
    I'm guessing that you're planning to run the Robie Creek HM next year (which will mean long-distance training), so even if you decide to skip next month's marathon - you can plan to run a marathon next year. I have no doubt that you are capable of training for and running a marathon, but would hate to see you over-train to the point of not enjoying the journey.

    Enjoy your weekend!
    1715 days ago
    Ok, you're making some of us others look bad by all that you are doing! Time to reign it in and stop being wonder woman! emoticon

    Seriously, though, I think you are doing the right thing and doing some re-evaluating. I'm always in awe of how much you are doing with your horses, gardening, running/training, yard & house projects!!! You deserve to take some time off! Be nice to yourself and tell those little voices in your head to shuttie!

    Enjoy your day OFF!

    1716 days ago
    I'm tired just reading all that you have accomplished this year. emoticon I'm training for my first marathon and understand the commitment that is needed. I, also, know that the key to a successful training routine is listening to our bodies. Sounds like you are doing the right thing by cutting yourself some slack. Great job on everything you have accomplished so far! emoticon
    1716 days ago
    I agree. You have done absolutely amazing this year with all your accomplishments! Congratulations emoticon emoticon
    1716 days ago
    Sounds like a smart move. We really need to listen to our bodies sometimes and we seem to be getting better at that. It seems like you have been very busy and on the run constantly, maybe it's time to chill for a bit. Who knows what you'll do after a little break! You are awesome!
    1716 days ago
    Sounds like a good strategy! I had to skip a 10k earlier in the year due to an irritated Achilles. I probably could have run it, but would have also probably hurt myself worse and set my recovery back even further. Listen to your body!
    1717 days ago
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