This morning before I dove in to chaperone duties I got up super early (well, early for me, it was 6:00 am) and went to the gym. It was dark until about half way through my workout, and it was a bit discombobulating to be going to the gym in the dark. I basically never do such crazy things. The workout was good, but hard from start to finish, and not because I picked hard things to do. Definitely was nice to be done working out by 7:20 am, though.
So, I made a couple of big decisions this past Wednesday. I decided to let go of my goal of running the Seattle Marathon. That makes it 0/2 in terms of marathons I have been able to run/planned to run. Both times I couldn't get my long runs over a half marathon distance before I became too injured to continue. Inneresting.
I also made another decision to take a break from running at least through Christmas, if not longer. I will probably set another goal race next Spring/Summer and then start building towards that whenever I need to. I might just make my next goal a full marathon (maybe the Rock-n-Roll full?) to see if I can thwart injury by not running "high mileage" for several months at a time. I say "high mileage" because even during my half marathon training I rarely hit a 20+ mile week. That is peanuts for most distance runners.
My break will serve two, or well, three, purposes. The big two is that it will give my body, and probably more importantly, my mind, time to de-stress. Getting to the point that my injury/running cycle was more stressful than it was fun really, really sucked.
The break will also serve to hopefully improve my strength. I texted my personal trainer the afternoon that I decided to take my break. I told her I wanted to use the time off to turn myself in to a badass, haha. She responded that I was speaking her language! Basically since I began getting serious about my level of fitness a couple or so years ago I did a huge amount of cardio (running-- or elliptical when I couldn't run) mixed in with varying amounts of strength. Until recently I did two days a week of strength and three days a week of running. I am happy dropping all cardio sessions from my plan for a while, but then what would I do for each workout? Honestly, I don't know how to work out 5-6 days a week without any cardio! So, my trainer will help me with that. I always have in the back of my mind to join a crossfit gym, as well. I don't know why I'm dragging my heels on that. Feels like a huge commitment, I suppose.
I am excited to see where this all leads. Ideally I will eventually be a stronger runner who can take on distance and speed without injury. We shall see!