Well, Coach Sev always says, “You can’t have a beginning without and end.” A simple, but true statement usually in regard to taking time off after a season or a final race to regroup physically and mentally. Most of the time, I need more of a mental break than a physical one. I don’t believe in running streaks, so I am always happy to take some time off, plan a vacation or just enjoy doing nothing. Usually by the end of two weeks, the husband and even Quin are telling me to go for a run. Guess I am a much more pleasant person when I am running!
Even thought the NYC marathon was a disaster, I still needed a mental break. Lots of friends told me to rally for another marathon, but I knew couldn’t do it. I was wiped out emotionally, and the body was not cooperating anyway. So, these last few weeks, I just enjoyed running with Faviola Igari Perez and even did a workout with her before she had to head home. It’s been a nice time to regroup, think about what I want out of this sport, and I how I am going to get it. There are lots of choices out there, and at this point, they are all good ones as long as I am enjoying the journey. Don’t be afraid to take some time off to evaluate your own running and decide where you want it to go.