Throughout this pandemic I’ve been trying to find the silver linings and focus on them so I don’t fall down a rabbit hole of negative thoughts. Most days the silver linings are easy to find.
Some of the silver linings however make me feel conflicted…
I know running less has been really good for me. I’m enjoying doing other things and like that I don’t have to run 20 mile long runs on the weekends!! BUT and it’s a huge BUT I miss running all the miles, I miss feeling destroyed after really long runs, I miss feeling like I can’t take another step but going on for miles, I miss the feeling of falling asleep sitting up while watching tv because I have exhausted myself completely, I miss “knowing” inside that I ran more miles that day than most people will drive, I miss the taper and feeling like a caged lion, I miss feeling hella fit.
On a “inner health” level I know that not only is this a good break for me mentally but my body needed a break. 6 marathons in one year, no matter how you slice it, is tough on your body. In order to get in shape enough to run 6 marathons and not break, you put your body through the ringer. I also had 2 surgeries last year on top of the 6 marathons + ran 4 marathons the year before. My body needed a break even just for one training cycle, which is the main reason I didn’t want to run a virtual 26.2 when Abbott World Marathon Majors Tokyo and London Marathons were canceled. I want to be marathon fit in 2021 and that’s not going to happen if I don’t just take advantage of this somewhat forced rest.
I had an InsideTracker test done in August and for the first time in the past 5 years (I’ve been using their service since 2015), my muscle health is optimized and almost every other value (with the exception of D) is in the optimized zone. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I went back for an Ultimate Test this week and literally can’t wait (nerd status) for my results to come in.
I’m pumped that my body is thriving right now despite feeling like I’m under immense stress BUT and again it’s a HUGE BUT, I know this means I should reconsider some of my marathon running ways. SIGH.
I’m not going to say I’m not going to run 6 marathons in one year again because if I’ve learned anything about myself it’s that what I want is ever changing. BUT I will attempt to think hard beyond just the immediate want of running all the miles and all the marathons. I’m blaming being an Aries on my impulsiveness!
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