1 Reason I Took a Running Break

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When should you take a break from running? I do think it does a body good once in a while. Any repetitive activity leaves you open to injury. Switching it up and giving your body a break is one way to stay injury free.

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Pay attention to your RHR (resting heart rate)
The line between pushing yourself and injuring yourself or burning out is so thin it’s almost invisible. This decision was easy for me, because I made it a while ago. Better to be proactive than reactive — I always tell Mr. Judy that about walking the dogs!

When it came time to actually take that break, I had already noticed an upward tick in my RHR. As far as I can deduce, Garmin averages your RHR throughout the day. So sometimes it will autocorrect the lower value a day or two later for me, when I’ve synced that day. That just means that much like a false positive test, sometimes a high RHR turns out to be a bit lower.

In my case, even allowing for time, there was a steady uptick. I actually started my running break a few days earlier than I’d planned to. I felt okay, but my body seemed to be indicating that I wasn’t recovering well. I am not a slave to data — but it’s one hint when something is coming off the rails.

In normal times, if I’d been training for a race or racing a lot as I often do in the Fall, I might have just pushed through it. Sometimes not having running goals can actually be a good thing!

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What I gained
I gained time. Running is time consuming. Making sure I fuel right, have my outfit laid out, making sure I have hydration, foam rolling, pre- and post-stretching: it all adds up. I used that time to walk more. Fall is the perfect time in the Northeast to explore and get out in nature.

Walking more allowed me to slow down. Slowing down allowed me to be more observant to everything around me. We see more on the run than we do driving in a car, right? You also see a lot more walking than you do running.

My RHR came back down into its normal range.

Final Thoughts
You may be able to run hard and many miles without taking breaks. As I wrote in You are an experiment of 1 here, every body is different. As I’ve so often mentioned, even elites take breaks from running. Sometimes long breaks. Yes, running is their job — but they are still wise enough to know that recovery is also their job.

Recovery may not be our job, but being kind to our body is.

Still struggling with whether or not it’s time for a break? Check out Embrace the Taper here for a list of my many posts on rest and recovery.

Are you afraid of losing running fitness if you stop running?

When was the last time you voluntarily took a break from running?

When was the last time you were forced to take a break from running due to illness or injury?

“Powering” Through: 2/25-3/3 WRD

Without a goal race on the calendar and bitter cold and snow and wind, I can’t say I’m super motivated to run. I want to maintain my base, so after a short runbbatical, it was time to lace up . . . a little.

I’ve been active in other ways. On Monday we lost power for 5 hours (extreme wind). Luckily we have a generator, but it doesn’t power everything. It is not easy getting in 5 miles pacing around your house, but I was successful. With some warming temps, some short runs, and some dogwalks, it was a whole lot easier to get in more steps later in the week.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner who have opened up a new linkup to take up the hole from the dearly departed Weekly Wrap.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (20 minutes), SB WU (15 minutes), DM Total Body (13 minutes), SB WU (5 minutes), PITT28 Abs (10 minutes that felt like 20, LOL! — damn, it’s hard!)
  • Tuesday:  Yoga (20 minutes), SB WU (12 minutes), PITT28 Legs (25 minutes)
  • Wednesday: SB WU (15 minutes), PITT28 Arms (20 minutes), DM Stretching (15 minutes)
  • Thursday: Shoveling, SB WU, PITT28 Abs (20 minutes), 2 easy TM Miles
  • Friday:   Yoga (7 minutes), Dogwalk!!!, SB WU (8 minutes), 2 easy TM miles, SB WU (5 minutes), PITT28 Total Body (20 minutes)
  • Saturday: Yoga (10 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 minutes), 5 miles easy, Dogwalk

Mileage: 9 (+9)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

It’s a big job! Had to do it early so I could get out to a meeting.

Thursday
I can’t say as I was raring to go, especially not after shoveling the driveway which takes quite a while and includes paths in the back for the dogs, but I must say 2 miles on a treadmill seems like almost the perfect amount of time.

Friday
Did you notice the dogs finally got a walk? Probably the only one for this week. It’s been that cold, and up until yesterday, that windy too (or windy & snowy). They think they want to walk, but I know they wouldn’t be happy walking in 9 feels like -3.

The only reason I didn’t run outside today was I just didn’t want to feel cold. Seriously, by the afternoon it was actually fairly warm — 30 feels really warm after the weather earlier in the week! It just seemed too much effort to suit up for just 2 miles.

It’s always satisfying to see the results of your hard work

Sunday
Finally a “warm” and sunny day. I set out to do somewhere between 4-5 miles. The first mile was slooooooow. I didn’t have a goal for the run, though, so mentally shrugged my shoulders. The next 4 were a normal pace. I was tempted to do just do 4, but there will probably be a 5 mile race in a month, so I figured it’s time to get some miles on the legs again.

Someone was very happy to see “Daddy”. Until she wanted dinner, of course, then it’s all Mommy!

Favorites of the week
Got together with Running Buddy D for lunch — it’s been a couple of months since we caught up. I miss running with her, but she has some exciting plans that I’m sure I’ll get to hear all about the next time we get together.

Very glad we got the starter on the generator got fixed, otherwise it would’ve gotten pretty chilly in here on Monday (and last night, as it turned out)! Also glad the power came back on before I went to bed both times, as the generator is below our bedroom and quite loud.

Happy that Mr. Judy is back home from a week of travels. I don’t like to announce when I’m on my own here on the blog — do you think Lola was also happy to have him home?

Talk to me:

What was a favorite from your week?

Have you tried anything new recently?

Have you had the same group of running buddies for a long time, or does the cast of characters change?

R&R: 2/18-24 Weekly Wrap

In some ways it seems kind of pointless to join up with the Weekly Wrap, because there wasn’t a lot of movement this week. But that’s just the point: sometimes recovery looks like being lazy, but recovery is important — and I don’t have anything on my schedule right now, either. Perfect timing.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home and showing how I recover like a boss.

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Workouts update

  • Monday:  Rest day
  • Tuesday:  SB WU (10 minutes), DM Pilates (20 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, SB WU (8 minutes), DM Stretching (15 minutes)
  • Thursday: DM Yoga/Stretching (11 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday:   Yoga (7 minutes), Dogwalk, SB WU (13 minutes), DM Arms (15 minutes)
  • Saturday: Yoga (8 minutes), Dogwalk, SB WU (10 Minutes), DM Total Body (20 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 minutes), SB WU (10 minutes), DM Abs (9 minutes)

Mileage: 0 (-21)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Zip. Zero. Nada.
And that’s just fine by me. You know how when you’re sick or injured and runners seem to be everywhere? And all you want to do is run? Nope. Well, the runners where there but there wasn’t the least bit of FOMO. I kept active in other ways, and I’ll get back out there; probably next week.

I know it’s subtle, but I can really see the difference!

Favorites of the week
This is short and sweet — there really just wasn’t much at all going on this week, just a little movement, unpacking (yes, I’m actually unpacked!), and a lot of relaxing.

Mr. Judy took both the photos above. On the left is a young Lola not long after she came to us — I’m not really sure how young she is in that photo, but she was only 4 when we left TX (and the photo was taken in TX), and we’d only actually had her 3 years. On the right is a recent photo Mr. Judy took; she’s now 13.

I was taken aback by how white her muzzle actually is. It’s always been quite light, obviously, so I really didn’t notice it but that photo was an eye opener for me. I had noticed the gray hairs on her neck and back. Time stands still for no dog or person.

Talk to me:

Have you really noticed your furkid aging?

Are you happy to take some downtime after a goal race (we could all take a page from the elites in this!)?

What sort of activities do you enjoy when you’re not running?

Who said you need 10,000 steps?

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More is better. That should be the American slogan — or at least, so it seems. So you walk or run 10,000 steps? Of course you have to keep upping the ante. Beat your old record. Right? Or do you?

Why 10,000 Steps?
Mr. Judy shared this post with me quite some time ago about the origins of shooting for 10,000 steps (read it here).

Fitbit, apparently, starts everyone out at 10, 000 steps a day. Which is a recipe for disaster if you’re only getting about 2,000 steps a day on average. But I like what they say in this blog post (read it here):

Thing is, 10,000 steps per day might not make sense for you. You may need to nab more if you want to lose a certain amount of weight, or take fewer steps if you’re new to fitness or recovering from an injury. Your step goal can vary depending on your needs, and it can also shift over time. Here’s how to set it right for you.

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Sometimes rest is more important than meeting some arbitrary goal
Why letting go of a step goal can make sense
I find that I have plenty of days where I’ve been active and I don’t reach 10,000 steps. There are no steps in swimming. There are no steps in cycling (stationary, in my case). There are times when pushing yourself to get to the holy grail of 10k steps (15, or whatever) just don’t make sense, but it’s become so ingrained in us that we must reach a certain step goal that a lot of us don’t stop to think if we’ve been active enough . . . even if we’re not getting in the “holy grail” of steps.

Don’t forget, either, that it’s about balance over time. Maybe on a rest day you only get in 6000 steps, but on a more active day you get in well over 10k — it’s very easy for me to get in well over 10k steps on days that I run, but on busy days I may be active, but still not able to get to 10k steps. And I’m okay with that. And you should be, too.

Maybe a better goal is to shoot for an average daily number of steps based on a week’s worth of data.

One reason people often quit running — and exercise in general — is because it’s “too hard”. Well, of course it feels too hard if you go from 2,000 to 10,000 steps immediately. It takes time for your body to adapt to exercise (or re-adapt to exercise after a break).

I had a lot of 2000 step days & I’m okay with that
It’s much more important to listen to your body than to blindly follow a goal that “someone” says you should be following.

When I was sick, I didn’t do much of anything for a couple of weeks. My body needed that rest. And when I started to add activity back in, I also found that I needed more rest than normal — so I still rarely got anywhere near to 10k steps.

Slowly, but surely, though, I felt better. For a while I need way more rest than normal, but as I continued to add in activity and balance it with rest, I found I didn’t need as much recovery time. This week, for the first time in weeks, I ran back to back days. Easy, short runs, of course.

Last week there were days I had well over 10k steps — I ran. I ran and walked the dogs. They were balanced by days that I was active — doing bodyweight exercises and stationary biking — but fell short of 10k steps. Because I’m more in step with what my body needs right now.

It’s okay to challenge yourself
Don’t get me wrong: you have to change things up. You have to increase your walks, your runs, your weights. Your body quickly adapts to a certain amount of exercise, and you need to change it up to get stronger. I’m not saying you shouldn’t challenge yourself.

That doesn’t mean you have to constantly increase the same thing because someone said that 10k steps is what you need — or more. Balance over time, folks, balance over time. Figure out what’s right for your body, and take what “they” say with a grain of salt.

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Do you have a step goal?

Do you make sure that you reach it every day?

How do you feel if you don’t reach your goal?

Hey, I got a few miles in!: 2/19- 25 Weekly Wrap

I am still slowly returning to activity, getting back into the house cleaning groove (as much as I ever am), and resting a lot. The Olympics came along at a good time.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to actually share a few miles this week.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: 2 miles easy, Dogwalk (just missing the sudden rain shower!)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk before the snow
  • Friday:  DM Arms & Abs
  • Saturday: 3 miles easy
  • Sunday: Rainy rest day, but dried up in time for a Dogwalk

Mileage: 5 (+5)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Left & middle was Wednesday; on the right is Thursday. Crazy weather. Code 522CRJ for 15% off non sale Skirt Sports items


Wednesday
When I saw it was supposed to be 70 on Wednesday, despite the rainy forecast, I knew that had to be my first run back. Thankfully my body cooperated and while I still wouldn’t say I was 100%, this run, although short, gave me more energy — which is normally the case of a run, no matter how tired I go into it. And despite all the rest, I was a bit tired going into it.

It was slow, but really not terrible considering it was the first time I’d run in about 2 1/2 weeks. Especially considering it has been months since I’ve been able to run in such warm temps (which also tend to slow me down, especially as I ended up running midday, which I normally try to avoid).

I’m going to take it nice and easy for a little while. Still no reason to push it.

 

And just like that, by Saturday the snow had mostly melted again . . .


Saturday
The group got together at 8, but I just didn’t want to get out that early. And knowing myself, I was sure I’d run too fast in a group. So I ran by myself a little later in the morning, and actually enjoyed the brief sunshine of the day (along with the wind).

This run felt harder than Wednesday, and it was slower, but it wasn’t bad. I’m keeping it easy right now and taking a couple of days rest after a run . . . until I feel back to normal. Happy to be moving again!

Favorites of the week
Can we talk weather? It snowed. It rained. It sleeted. It got up to almost a record high on Wednesday, and all the snow melted. Then it snowed some more. Then rained some more.

But I’m not complaining, because that 73 high on Wednesday was a rare February treat (although we set the record of 74 last February). Although I will admit that I am tired of the gray. And feeling cold. To everything there is a season, right?

Mostly I was just happy to be fever-free this week and getting back to more activity. Not even a whole lot of DOMs going on, for which I am very thankful. Otherwise not a whole lot going on.

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Have you been surprised by not feeling sore after time off for activity for whatever reason?

Are you gearing up for a race or still in an off season?

Do you make a big deal out of big birthdays (mine wasn’t a big one, but my mom’s 90th is just a couple of weeks away)?

5 Signs You Need to Rest

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Rest isn’t a four letter word — rest is where you get fitter (and you can read more about its importance here). Some people seem to have an innate sense of when it’s the right time for them to take a little more rest. And some of us keep pushing until we’re sick or injured.

Sometimes I know when to take a break — but sometimes, it seems, I don’t — my type A personality (when it comes to running, anyway) rears its ugly head and I push through on days I probably shouldn’t.

If you’re not one of those lucky people who instinctively knows when to rest more, how do you tell if it’s time for some extra rest? The truth is that the signs can be subtle and often not easily measurable. Which is why you need to pay attention!

So read on, but keep in mind I’m not a coach, medical professional, yadda yadda yadda.

Your runs are getting slower
If suddenly you find that you’re really struggling to hit paces that once seemed easy — and it’s not just an off day — it’s time to sit up and take note.

We all have bad runs, but if it’s the norm and not the exception, you probably need to rest more.

You’re having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
We all have times when we have trouble sleeping. If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and this is not normal for you (or even if it is!), you may need to take some extra rest. Ditto if you suddenly find yourself sleeping much longer than is normal for you.

You’re sleeping well but you still feel exhausted
We’re supposed to wake up feeling refreshed when we’ve had a good night’s sleep, right? Much like running, it’s not abnormal to occasionally get a good night’s sleep and still feel tired in the morning, but if it happens all the time, you could be pushing yourself too hard.

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Your RHR (Resting Heart Rate) is elevated
I wrote about RHR in “Are you really recovered?” (read it here). It’s something that’s tangible and measurable. I’m still tracking RHR; normally I find it’s a really good indicator of whether or not I’m really recovered. The biggest problem with a lot of indicators for recovery is that by the time they’re elevated, you may already have pushed too hard.

I’ve been sick for basically the first half of February, and this is one time my RHR didn’t get elevated . . . until I was sick. However, by my birthday I was feeling better. The next morning my RHR had shot way up again, and sure enough, the virus is not done toying with me yet.

You’re sore . . . days after your last run
If you strength train, you’re probably familiar with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). You know, you work out fine, and two days later you’re so sore you can barely move.

If you’re just always sore, then you may be pushing yourself too hard and not taking enough rest.

 

The bottom line is to pay attention to what your body’s telling  you.

I do want to write a post with some ways to actually track how well you’re recovering, but next week I’ll be back to grade February. That shouldn’t take too long!

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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What tells you that you need some extra rest?

Do you feel good  . . . until you don’t?

Enjoying the longer days? I know I am! And the sometimes mild weather.

Second zero week: 2/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

It’s been a long time since I’ve been laid up by illness for so long. The really frustrating thing is that outside of a handful of days, I never felt super sick. But just as I was feeling better, suddenly I kept getting random spikes of fever that would come out of nowhere and be over after a short amount of time. I’ve never had anything like that.

I am determined to rest and get better so I can enjoy a run during the warm weather that is supposed to be headed our way mid week!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share some of the good things about my week because there wasn’t a lot of activity, although there was a bit more than last week.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Morning yoga, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Morning yoga, Dogwalk (and a sudden spike in temperature — mine, that is — in the afternoon — boo!)
  • Friday:  Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Shoveling a path down the driveway so we could Dogwalk

Mileage: 0 (NC)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links
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Favorites of the week
Some stress crept its way into my life towards the end of the week, but I did spend a pretty awesome birthday and got lots of relaxing in. Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes — I still need to get back to y’all, but I appreciated each and every one of them. The Salt Den offers you a free session on your birthday so how could I pass that up?

Who knew there’d be animal print sheets?

Before relaxing in the Salt Den I had an excellent, relaxing massage at Myomassage. Wearing my Skirt Sports Wrapsody tights made it easy to leave the purse at home. You can use code 522CRJ for 15% of non-sale items or check out the sale (ends today, 2/18, at midnight).

Enjoying my birthday dinner

And we ended the day with a yummy meal out. It didn’t hurt that this was the nicest weather I’ve seen on my birthday in quite a few years.

Yes, please, some protein in my granola!

This week I also tried out Trader Joes Peanut Butter Protein Granola. Even though I typically make my own granola, I was intrigued. It was good (and not too high in sugar, either, although I did eat only a half a serving — but that was plenty!).

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Made any great food finds recently?

Are you expecting a heat wave next week?

How do you treat yourself on your birthday (and if you don’t, why not)?

REST is not a 4 letter word

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Sometimes I feel that runners do think rest is a dirty word. I still remember my first half marathon, where I attended a lot of the seminars. In one of them they mentioned that elite runners rarely run more than one marathon a year. It’s too hard on their body (of course, they’re also probably running 100+ miles a week).

Maybe it’s a runner’s version of FOMO? Fear of missing out, for those that don’t know. Or the runner’s version of keeping up with the Joneses — if Mary can run a marathon every week, surely I can run a half every week, right?

So read on, but keep in mind I’m not a coach, medical professional, yadda yadda yadda.

Why rest
If you got sick and had to stop running for a week, would you go out and just run as hard as you possibly could your first run back? I hope not.

Recst does a lot of things for our bodies:

  • Helps prevent illness
  • Helps prevent injury
  • Helps us to continue training
  • Helps us to improve
  • Helps prevent burn out –physically and mentally
The furkids understand the importance of REST


Rest is where the magic happens
It seem pretty simple, right? You train hard, you improve. But life isn’t simple, is it? How many of you have trained really hard and not seen improvement (raises hand). There are many reasons, of course, but not resting could actually be holding you back from improving.

Why? Running is actually somewhat like weight lifting: it actually “breaks” your body down, and the rest allows your body to “rebuild” itself and become stronger. When we take the time to rest, and our bodies are allowed to adapt to the work we’ve done, we become fitter.

Ignore that need for rest, and you’ve stressed out your body but not allowed it to recover — opening the door to exhaustion, illness, injury — or all three.

YRMV (your recovery may vary)
Your rest may not look like my rest. Maybe you need one rest day a week — really, even God rested on the seventh day. Or maybe you need two rest days. Maybe you need one every 10 days.

I really loved this article from Coach Jenny. She shows so clearly why it’s important to tailor your recovery to you and your personal situation.

The bottom line is to pay attention to what your body’s telling  you.

Next week I’ll be back to give you some signs that you’ve recovered enough — or haven’t. Until then, here are a few more posts about recovery:

I love these two quotes from  The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery (Amazon Affiliate link):

To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy. — Hippocrates

You have to go easy to go hard.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Do you even think about rest?

Do you build a rest day into your workout calendar?

Have you had a time when lack of rest had a negative impact on your life?

Zero Week: 2/5- 11 Weekly Wrap

It’s gonna be relatively short and sweet this week since there just wasn’t a whole lot going on. By now I thought I’d be running again. It’s not that I couldn’t, it’s just that I know if I continue to rest now I’ll come back stronger rather than potentially relapsing (like a lot of people have with this crud). I’m not training for anything, so rest is the name of the game right now.

Been a long, long time since I had to take a zero week.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my “activity” this week.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Resting and hydrating
  • Tuesday: Same as Monday
  • Wednesday: Feeling a tiny bit better, must be careful to take it easy
  • Thursday:  Paced around the house when my Garmin reminded me to move — first day over 2000 steps this week!
  • Friday:  Pretty much a repeat of Thursday + Olympics watching is a sport, right?
  • Saturday: Dogwalk. We finally got out there.
  • Sunday: If the weather hadn’t been so nasty there probably would’ve been a dogwalk, instead still just pacing around the house. I thought about some restorative yoga, but I didn’t get past the thinking stage.

Mileage: 0 (-12)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Favorites of the week
While it always sucks to be sick, I am lucky that I have the ability to take the rest my body so desperately needed this week. And then I got the best compliment. A local woman, whom I don’t really know, although her story was recently share and is very inspiring — thanked me for inspiring her to apply to become a Skirtsports Ambassador!

I say it to people often — in life, in blogging — you never know who you are going to touch with your story. So often it seems that what we do is not appreciated, and then one day, out of the blue, you get the best compliment.

Stocking up with healthy options: curry, chili, spanish rice and beans

Oddly enough, I got very busy in the kitchen this week. I had the Instant Pot going all week — as a slow cooker: spanish rice and beans, veggie curry, and chili. Plus some baking. Yes, I really was sick, but not so sick that I didn’t want to eat. And because I wasn’t running, I had more time to cook/bake. The pantry needed some serious restocking!

Speaking of yummy food, we got very international the last week: Thai, Chinese, and Indian. And I got soup from all three cuisines.

I big thank you to Mr. Judy who did my grocery shopping for me this week and all the snow blowing/shoveling and brought me pre-birthday flowers — since my birthday is Valentine’s Day, he doesn’t like to pay extra on the actual day, although he has also given me flowers from time to time on the actual day.

The Opening Ceremony! I thought it was the best one I’ve seen in a long, long time. Maybe it was because prime time didn’t carry the full ceremony, but I thought it wasn’t too long and was just really well done.

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

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Are the Olympics inspiring you?

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Putting the R in Rest: 10/2-8 Weekly Wrap

It’s another week short on activity, but man, I needed that! The last couple of weeks before my half were not the least bit restful and I was feeling extremely run down and just praying I could make it to the half healthy (actually, praying I would make it at all — but that’s a story for my recap, which might be out on Tuesday) and remain healthy afterwards.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to wrap up how the week before my last half of 2017 went.

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: Tackling the 832 steps at Watkins Glen
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day, JY Recovery Yoga
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day, JY Whole Body Recovery Yoga
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk
  • Friday: Dogwalk, DM Pilates, Better Belly Yoga
  • Saturday: 6 mile LSD (is it really an LSD if it’s your only run of the week? And does it really justify all the carbs afterwards?)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, DM Booty

Mileage: 6 (-13)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running updates 

I like the Skirtsports bolero better than arm warmers!
Saturday


Our Wineglass group has already splintered. Running buddy J is out in TX minding her grandkids while her daughter is running Chicago today. Some got together at 7 am to run. Too early!

I met up with Darlene after her race midday. I was a bit concerned it would be too warm, as things have warmed up again, but it rained on and off which cooled things down. As always, an easy recovery run for her; faster for me, but not too fast. The first two miles were consistent, slowed way down the third mile, but then we did have negative splits for the last 4 (which includes the slower third mile). Not sure what you call that.

Medal Monday at Watkins Glen
Favorites of the week
The day after our half Running buddy J and I conquered Watkins Glen. From the Website:

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. 

Always cool looking out behind a waterfall
There are also some 800 odd stairsteps to climb. Race shirts were everywhere. Some were nimble, some were obviously hurting, but it seemed a lot of the race was there. My mom tells me I’d been there when I was young, but I didn’t remember it. Running buddy J forgot she’d been there a few years back, but thank you for indulging me and going again!

Could you imagine discovering this place?
I want to get together a little travel recap at some point (of course I had grand plans to do that with UT, too), so I’ll only share a few photos of Watkins here. And I really must remember to take photos more often — I tend to forget to do that!

Bandit update: I leave all the furkids together when I run around the neighborhood on a frequent basis. No food is involved. I’ve been a bit stumped about how to try it for when we go out and leave them with kongs/chews.

We decided to try them out yesterday when we went out to dinner, close to home. Mr. Judy has a webcam, so we used that to check on in with them. Took a while to find them, but both dogs were barking. A lot.

Well, at least we came home to no messes and intact furkids.

And that’s a wrap 

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you have a favorite state park?

Would you have tackled that walk before the race? 

If you raced today (hello, Mohawk Hudson — they had atrocious weather — and Chicago) how did it go?