Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Could We Start Again, Please?

During my rest/injury break I of course had tons of time to think. Not just about running, but about life in general. I think it's a good thing to take some time for yourself every so often. I'm usually pretty scatterbrained but this came pretty easily for me.


I have been sort of lost since the marathon. I took one week off completely from any sort of physical activity. My toe has been getting better and it looks like I had a ligament sprain that could have been aggravated from when I was having those issues from my stress fracture point. The second week I did three days of kettle bell workouts. Each a half hour. I needed to sweat. I walk over six miles a day at work, but it isn't the same. 



I made a few decisions about this year during my break. I think they are the best for me, my health and my sanity. 

1. I started a new part time job and it is helping me break out of my shell a little more. I am working at a local running store and I love it! I am social and outgoing most times, but when it comes to work I'm not the best with expanding my horizons. For example, at my full time job I talk to zero people outside the store. I never go out and interact with them. Since working at the running store I have gone to a happy hour! That's huge for me! I have loved interacting with runners at the store and hearing their stories. Who knows, I might even be joining some group runs, when it gets warmer of course. 


2. I am trying new shoes. This may not be a big deal to most people, but it is for me. It took me a long time to find shoes that worked for me and when I did I never wanted to let them go. I owned close to 10 pairs of Wave Rider 17s and never EVER thought I would leave. Well, I got a pair of 19s and even after 150 miles on them, they still don't feel broken in. I don't want to believe my foot issue came from them, but it could be. I decided on the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3. What can I say, I have a Mizuno foot. If I didn't have such thin foot I would have been in the new Brooks Launch 3. They are pretty sweet. 




3. I decided I don't want a goal race this year. I just want to train. I am signed up for a few races, but I can't put the kind of focus on training this year like I did last year. I want to run these races and enjoy myself. I want to enjoy running. Not have it feel like a chore. I may not be breaking any records this year and I'm fine with that. 

This must have been a sign from the universe since I found out on Tuesday I am part of the 2016 #RocknBlog team! I changed so many of my races for 2016, including going to Akron. The race will always be there, this opportunity is something that doesn't always come around. 2016 is about the love of the run and the fun along the way. 



The break from running has been nice, but I'm itching to get moving again. I will not rush anything. I'm registered for Rock n Roll DC in March. I don't feel comfortable with racing yet so this will be strictly for fun. I love being connected in the running community and I have been staying inspired. I am ready for this new chapter in my running. 


Have you ever hit the reset button? Did you find it helpful or harmful?

8 comments:

  1. I feel like we mirror eachother's lives sometimes just at different times! I hit reset for about 18 months (not really wanting to, but major life changes happened and I needed a break). When I started running again this September my pace was horrible, I gained lots of weight and it's been a lot mentally to work through, but I found the JOY in running again. You have such a great attitude towards it and are so positive! I also am working on breaking out of my shell with people- it's hard! Unless I personally know people I get so shy and awkward. Sounds like everything you are doing is for the positive and it will be great for your running not just now but for long term :)

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    1. That is so reassuring to hear! I needed to make some sort of change, and I think this was the best way to do it!

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  2. It's always easier to interact with people who share similar interests. Congrats on breaking out of your shell!

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  3. Sounds like your time recovering from your injury was well spent! I love the idea of running just for fun. The pressure to PR all the time is too much. Enjoy the rest of the year and I bet you will end up faster anyway! Congrats on RockNBlog! (I just got the Launch 3s but am waiting until after LA to wear them. I can't wait!)

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    1. You will love the Launch 3! I am so upset I can't wear them. Plus they are a great price! Good luck in LA!

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  4. I have Mizuno feet too! But I'm currently in ASICS Kayanos and love them too, so I think it's a good thing to try out new shoes sometimes! And congrats on getting more outgoing with your new job! I'm the same way about hanging out with people, but I find that when I push myself to meet new people I get to have really fun experiences!

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    1. It's a total comfort zone thing. I took me FOREVER to meet friends when I moved to Pittsburgh. Now I think I have made it to the "go out and be social on a work night" life stage.

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