Now that JFK is over, I am looking forward to taking time off. My year was a bit disappointing, but it is what it is, and not much can be done about it now. All I can do is to look forward to some rest and come up with a good plan for next year.
Unlike many runners, I look forward to my time off, and I try to enjoy it without a side of guilt. I don’t keep up with the racing scene during this time, and focus on doing things I seldom have time for, like doing nothing at all. I just watched the Cross Country National Championship today, and that was a breach of protocol, since it was highly related to running. All joking aside, this is the only way for my body and my mind to deal with a new year of hard training and racing. Thinking about another training cycle makes me a bit sick to my stomach right now but, come January, I will be ready.
I will have enjoyed my extra time with Gill, slept in late, eaten too much, watched too much TV and played with my dog, who is very happy to have my undivided attention now. For Gill and I, it will be nice, for once, to go for a walk in the woods at normal speed, instead of warp speed.
My advice to all of you is to find a time to do this throughout your year. It does not have to be winter, choose a time that works best with your running and racing schedule. During this time, beware of your friends and the famous “fun runs”… be focused on taking time off just as much as training.
Taking time off
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