With my big Spring race now behind me, its time to turn my training focus elsewhere. Although I’ll be running other races this Spring, including the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in just under three weeks, these races aren’t going to be a major focus of my training.
Currently, my next “big” race isn’t until Labor Day Weekend when I’ll be running Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach, so my focus until I start training in May for Virginia Beach will be conditioning and maintaining my current running strength. However, I’m contemplating adding one or two 10ks to my Spring race calendar in an effort to get a better proof of time for Wine and Dine, so that may slightly alter this plan.
That doesn’t mean that I won’t be taking my Spring races seriously. But mentally and physically I’m in need of a bit of a break from long weekend runs. I’ve spent the past 18 weeks focused on training for Shamrock, which has required a lot of time and dedication, especially on the weekends. Over the past 18 weeks I’ve encountered my fair share of obstacles, the biggest one being my car accident on January 28th, and I’ve pushed through and refused to let those obstacles prevent me from continuing to train. But for now, I’m in need of a break.
Preston and I have lots of exciting activities on our calendar for this Spring, and I’m ready to turn my focus on the weekends to things other than running for awhile. Plus, we leave for Florida Saturday morning and I don’t want to feel guilty not doing a lot of running while we’re on vacation. While I plan to pack my running shoes, the focus of our time in Florida will be on relaxing and enjoying our time away together. Although we’ll be spending some time lounging around the beach and pool, we’ll also be doing plenty of walking during our days at Disney World.
I also want to give my back some time to rest. Since the car accident, I’ve been seeing the chiropractor three times a week, which has significantly helped in alleviating my back pain. However, at mile 8 during Sunday’s Shamrock Half Marathon my back started throbbing, so much that I contemplated walking the rest of the race. I obviously didn’t (and will explain what motivated me to keep going when I write my race recap), but my back is screaming for some rest. At yesterday’s appointment, my chiropractor wasn’t shocked to hear how much pain I was in given how tight my lower back was, so clearly its time to slow down for awhile and give my back the rest its screaming for.
So that’s my current plan: to take it easy for the next couple of weeks. If I PR at Cherry Blossom, great, but if I don’t, I’m okay with that too. My hard work over the past 18 weeks resulted in a massive PR, and if that’s my only PR for awhile I’m more than okay with that.
QOTD: Are you always “in training” for a particular race or do you ever allow yourself a mental and physical break from training?