Hi, my name is Anna, and it has been four days since my last run. But it feels like forty.
I decided near the end of last week that, if I really wanted to take on winter training for a spring marathon, the best thing I could do for my body is to take a week off from running, at least.
I was surprised and happy that my Piriformis problems actually felt better overall after the Richmond Marathon then they did before it. But I can’t deny that my hip still does feel sore during and after my runs and I’m having soreness in the back of my right knee too. It’s nothing to sound the injury alarm over, but if I let it linger around as I jump back into marathon training in a couple of weeks, I have no doubt it would end up that way. I can tell it feels worlds better after a good rest or cross-training day, so it seems clear that a break from running should be the perfect remedy.
The thing is, now I don’t really know what to do with myself. For nearly the past year, I have always had a certain plan. I was either following a half marathon training plan, a weekly strength training/running plan, a marathon training plan, or a marathon recovery plan. Clearly, I love plans. And now there’s no plan.
You would think it would be a liberating and fantastic feeling. The world – or rather, the gym – is my oyster and I can choose whatever machine or weight I want (except the treadmill… damn). But really all of the ambiguity of it is much more stressful to me than it is liberating. I also am having a mental block and can’t manage to make myself wake up early to do these frivolous, unplanned workouts which takes a toll on my mood.
Okay, everyone is probably either laughing at me or really concerned for my sanity at this point so I’ll stop my train of thought there.
One silver lining is that I took this as an opportune time to sign up for a membership to a new gym that offers a lot of classes. So maybe having a fitness instructor tell me what to do will be a good substitute for having a schedule tell me what to do.
Do you like to follow a plan for your workouts or just go with the flow? If you do classes, tell me your favorite so I can try it out!