Saturday, May 1, 2010

2 weeks AB (after Boston) - Serious Slacker here!

Today I have been catching up on bloggie world and what becomes apparent over and over ....
I am a SERIOUS SLACKER!
I promised myself I would take a month off of running after Boston.  I am sticking to that promise, but as I read all of the blogs everyone is back to running and many are even racing already.  Wow!

For me, it has been a long hard FIGHT to get to Boston (years).  After finally qualifying in Oct. 2009, and becoming even more motivated, I injured my hip in a half marathon PR race at the end of Nov.  So, I didn't get to train exactly as I wanted to Boston, but I did manage to complete my long runs and made it to the starting line.  Woo Hoo!  Mission accomplished!  With that all said and done,  I will continue to honor my efforts with 2 more weeks of rest from running.  In the mean time, I will continue to walk, or possibly bike some, if I get motivated to air up the tires.

What's next?  Upon my return to running  - 2 weeks and 1 day from now - oh yes, I'm counting,  I will work on getting my base back for the first 4 weeks.  After the 4 weeks of grueling heat acclimation ,  I will then add speed work.  As I type, I can hardly stand it.

Hello speed work - I have missed you so much, I promise to reunite with you soon.    

Later in the summer I would like to work on getting my 5k times down.   I realize summer in MS is not the time to work on fast 5ks, but I will work toward improving my time as much as possible in the heat and humidity.   This will lead me into training for something in the fall.  Currently, I am thinking about the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL in Dec., but haven't totally committed yet.   Anyone want to meet me in Huntsville to run a marathon?  What about you Jennifer, have you decided on your next marathon? 

So many marathons, so little time, too much recovery needed.

25 comments:

Teamarcia said...

You are wise to give yourself time to rest and recover fully. Don't feel one bit guilty about any 'slacking'--you've earned it!

ultrarunnerbrianphilpot said...

recover and enjoy sometime off!

Jennifer said...

Good for you with getting the rest! No, you're not a slacker you're just busy! You know I was beginning to look for another marathon in the winter. So funny you bring it up... so maybe Huntsville is a possibility... Mmmm

Meg said...

I was wondering about Jennifer too! A whole month off? I thought about that and couldn't do it! It will be very good for you though. Thanks for the quote you left on my blog, it was wonderful and totally related to my post! Thanks Ginny:)!

Jenn said...

You are not a slacker!! You know what's best for your body and you're doing it! You'll be back at it in full force before you know it! Good luck with the marathon decisions!

Jill said...

You're not slacking, you're resting and rest is fuel for the body!! You'll come back stronger mentally and physically because of it!! Rocket City is an awesome marathon, I used to live there and still have lots of friends there. Hum....

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

You guys are so right. Rest does this body good, and especially the mind.

ajh said...

I totally agree with you about the feeling after a race! It is what makes racing so much fun. When I am in the middle of it I often wonder why I like it. But the feeling afterwards is worth it all.

lindsay said...

i wish i had the patience and constraint to take a month off! i would become (even more) lax with my diet and put on 20+ lbs.... it's definitely for the best to let your body heal and recover before straining it more. i get too anxious though, not good.

enjoy your time off, you know you will be full-swing into another training cycle soon! (and trust me, i don't think you are missing anything by not running a marathon after boston. fun, but not the brightest idea) :) lol

Running and living said...

I wish I could take a month off! I had a hard time taking a week off! All the rest will pay off, and you'll come back rested mentally and physically!

MCM Mama said...

Hmm, I need an Alabama race LOL. Good job forcing yourself to take some rest. I'm only planning a week or two - mostly because my mental state depends on running. My husband might force me to run at the end of the first week, just so he can stand to live with me. ;o)

Julie said...

Hi Ginny,
You are so not a slacker!! You just ran Boston and it takes time for the body to recover!! I also need to work on my speed....I will also be adding more speed to my training:) Enjoy your rest time as you deserve it!! I hope that you have a wonderful week Ginny!

Staci Dombroski said...

You are not a slacker!!!! I hope you have a wonderful, restful week!

Kym Klass said...

I bet your body is loving this break, Ginny!!
I can meet you in Huntsville -- but I'd run the half. Let me know when you decide!

HappyTrails said...

Your body will thank you for the rest and renewal and your mind will be happy for the change in routine - you will come back refreshed and ready to go even stronger! As for me suggesting future races, I am the little voice whispering 'trails, trails, trails' in your ear. :-) Have a great week!
Kathleen

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

MCM Mama - come on - would love to meet you in Huntsville, or in FL, LA, MS, or AL. Let me know.

Kym - Huntsville had their half at a different time in the year. Maybe we can meet for a half somewhere else. Let me know.

Happy Trails - a mudless trail right?? LOL! :)

Scott Keeps Running said...

Is there anything left to accomplish in the running world after experiencing the Boston Marathon??? :)

Oldman said...

taking a few weeks of is an excellent idea. i think you will find that you will be stronger when you start training again.

Marathonman101108 said...

Read my last 2 posts...you are NOT a slacker! :-)

LMC said...

I think resting will serve you well in the long run, both mentally and physically. Enjoy it now cause you'll be back to training soon and then you'll be missing this resting period :)!!

chris mcpeake said...

slack away... you earned the rest

HappyTrails said...

Ginny, I am so excited you will be heading down to the desert southwest with your sis and mom!
I will brain storm and get some info to you. You will have a blast!!!
Kathleen

Katie said...

Taking time off is smart, but soooo hard! But definitely smart. I bet once you build up your base again you'll be better for being the smart runner.

Tasha said...

I am still amazed that anyone can run fast enough to qualify for the Boston! I would need a year of rest to recover after that! You're smart to give your body time to recover after such an accomplishment! How about the Houston Marathon in January?

Emz said...

Did I read this right?? "missing speed work"??

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