Since I started running halfs four years ago (WHOA!), my goal has generally been to be half-marathon ready at any time. And considering I’ve run more than 20 halfs in those four years, I’ve done pretty well at that.
I thought the Miami Half would be terrible, given my lack of training and the heat, and I STILL don’t regret my decision to not run it. (Though I bet it would have been pretty.)
However, I ran twice while there: Friday morning and Sunday morning, lengths of 4 miles and 6-ish miles. The 4 miles was pretty close to hell. It was hot, I’d barely been running, and, oh, I’d gotten 4 hours of sleep the night before getting up early for my flight. The 6 was a little better, but still not the easiest ever.
But THE ENDORPHINS! They were back and then some. Part of it had to be the gorgeous sunshine, but I realized how much I missed running. I’m glad I took a while to not push myself to run, because I’m back and I’m ready. I ran a nice little 3 miles on the treadmill this morning and was endorphin-hammered when I got to work. I love Uplift and all of the other classes I’ve been taking, but they just can’t match that run high.
Also, I was in the best shape I’d been in a few years last year when I was working out at Uplift in conjunction with my half-marathon training, so I really need to add the cardio back. For my heart, for my sanity, for results.
I also had dinner with my buddy Tina tonight. I was tired and lazy after work, but as you can see, she’s pregnant, so I know she’ll be making less trips down here after Baby H comes, and I’m glad I got to catch up with her. Is she not the most glowing little pregnant thing??
Also, I really like my skirt from my StitchFix. (< referral link) It’s nice to get out of yoga pants sometimes, and I’m also at the point of winter where I don’t care how cold I am, and I just want to start wearing cute stuff again.
Do you take running breaks after long/back-to-back training cycles? How long does it take for you to come back? What do you do on your hiatus?