A Week Off…

So, as I mentioned previously, I am currently working two different jobs. One is an office job, doing some data entry and some other office-y work. The other is at a local running store. Between these two jobs, around 10-12 hours of each day is eaten up by work. And yet, I am okay with this. I am one of those people who likes to be busy (and busy here might be an understatement).

So, between work and home life, I decided that this week, the week before run camp starts up again (see, busy!) would be a week off of running. Well, decided might be a bit misleading. Time? What time? This is the first full week that I was on the schedule for real at said running store, and so I am beginning to learn that it’s going to be quite a balancing trick between work, training, and home life. I am getting to the end of that week now, and, to be honest, starting to freak out a little. What if I took too much time off? What if when I go to run on Saturday for the start of run camp, I can’t keep up? What if…What if…What if…

But then, this morning, I had another thought. The thought that this is probably good for me. Bayshore was about 3 weeks ago now. The first two weeks post marathon, I ran every day. Only about 1-3 miles per day, but still every day. And to be honest, I was starting to feel burned out. I didn’t want to run anymore. For me, that’s huge, and probably a good indicator that it was time for a break.

There’s this quote that I’ve seen many times floating around the internet that I think is pertinent to me stepping back from running this week as well. It goes, “Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.” -Julie Isphording, Marathon winner.

In other words, I don’t think I will end up regretting this week off. I am working on not feeling guilty about it. And I am now looking forward to our first group long run tomorrow. Time off can be a good thing sometimes.

I’m still planning a couple of race review posts, hopefully I will be able to get them up soon! Pictures and all!