To take a true day off or not? The struggle is real! What do I mean by a “true” day off? Obviously no running, but also no swimming, biking, yoga, strength training, bootcamp, etc. NOTHING! For the obsessive type like Siobhan and I, this is a real dilemma. Are we the only crazy ones? Possibly, but there are plenty of reasons a true day off is important.
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I really really love focused training. Give me a training plan and make me happy. I usually have a clear goal with a major race in the distance. I may wander along the way and do a race or two that have nothing to do with my primary goal, but one thing I usually have is focus. A carrot off in the distance that I can move toward. It makes me happy. HOWEVER, right now I’m lost. I have several races/events I’ve signed up for but they are all different. In the next few months I’m doing a super sprint triathlon called She Tris, a 1/2 marathon in Colorado, Skirt Sports 13er, with altitude and hills…yikes, and then a stadium stair climbing ‘race’ called Fight for Air Climb, to support the American Lung Association. Those are the races I’ve signed up for so far, but I plan to do a number of sprint triathlons this summer as well
I have to confess, I had no idea what to write for our blog this week. I was at a total loss. Mini-writers block. But then, I was running a hard workout this morning, silently complaining about how hard it was, how I was hating it..etc. etc….and then it came to me–the real reason I was doing the workout. Part of training is preparing your body for the effort you want to put it through, and a HUGE part is MENTAL–learning to embrace the suck and becoming familiar with the heightened arousal we feel on race day. This morning I was learning to embrace the suck.