It’s been a while since I’ve posted a training log; my last one included my CIM recap in early December. I continued running after CIM, because it’s my sanity, but then four days before Christmas I got sick. The Influenza with a capital “I” sick. I didn’t run for over a week as I shivered and thrashed in a 102.5° semi-hallucinatory state. When I came to a few days after Christmas, I’d lost seven pounds apparently all from my leg muscles. My calves, quads, and glutes appeared shriveled like bacon from the extended fever.
The beginning of January, then, was trying to get my body to do anything, I ran each day but three miles felt tough. When I got to five miles, my body shouted “STOP!” and refused to go another step. 2016 was my biggest year yet, 2800 miles. Because of that, I had already decided that 2017 is going to be an “off” year, no training plans or marathons, just me running for enjoyment again. That meant there wasn’t any pressure or haste, and I just plugged along knowing that I’d get back to feeling ok on runs again eventually if I remained consistent.
My husband and I did Dry January (no alcohol) again this year which usually feels great after an over-indulgent holiday season. There was no indulging during Christmas this year due to me being so sick, so it didn’t have quite the same impact. We ate really well as a result of me using Shalane Flanagan’s cookbook so much, and between the nutritionally dense food and me running to just run again, it’s felt like a really good start to the year. I’m running with my dog again since I have no pace I have to hit, I’m running on trails again, and meeting up with friends for fun runs.
After burning out last November, this year my goal is to fall back in love with running and to run with no pressure on myself. So far, so good. I am still averaging in the 45-60 miles a week range because that seems to be my sweet spot for feeling good mentally and physically, particularly when I’m not doing any prescribed workouts. Without the confines of a training plan in the back of my mind, I feel a little more balanced in my life in general. Showering more (ha!), wearing actual outfits instead of running clothes and hoodies, writing more, getting more involved politically, running with my family because I don’t have to hit a mileage or pace goal… there’s more time for other things. Which I missed last year.
The one and only thing on my race calendar for 2017 is a 200+ mile relay on a couples team with my husband in August.
I’ll check in at least once a month on training logs, but this year my focus is “Not Training”!
January total: 200.36 miles