Taking time off

by Team Montrail on November 23, 2009

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.

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1 Kate M November 23, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Enjoy your time off, Francesca! Next year is going to be great — especially after you take some time off to recharge!

(I didn't realize you were on Team Montrail – I get their blog feed and I saw your name!)

- Kate from CTRC


2 annette bednosky November 23, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I agree with you! During the last 2 years, injury dictated my time off-and I think you are far smarter by choosing your time and rolling with a plan, rather than having to react to life's situations. You share important reminders! There are some great photos out there of you coming through Weverton aid station from Saturday…rest well and take care of you and enjoy the loved ones in your life!


3 Jill Perry November 24, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Francesca, love your thoughts and advice! We all need a time to reflect, rest and build up again…both physically but most important mentally! So great to see you at JFK and look forward to seeing you again.Take care!!


4 ultrarunner (Brian Philpot) November 28, 2009 at 2:17 am

I just came out of my off season. I look forward to 2010 4 100mile races and a lot of training ahead. So I still run on off season I don't do a lot just relax and clear the head for the hard times ahead!


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