Comment of the Week – 12.07.12

This is what the Salties do when we read your awesome comments!

Sassafras here. It’s finally Friday! ‘Round these parts, that means it’s time for another Comment of the Week! And what a week it’s been. The biggest news – if you didn’t see it on our Facebook page or Twitter stream – is that Baby Salty finally made her grand entrance. Congrats to Salty and happy birthday to that little Pinch O’  Salt! Hope you’re both getting some rest!

The last bit of 2012 is just flying by. Nutmeg is back, ready to rock out some runs post-surgery and Thyme is gearing up for a 10K next week. Hanukkah starts tomorrow and Christmas is less than 20 days away. Speaking of which, have you checked out the SR Holiday Gift Guide yet?

But back to business! This week, our winner is….

Comment of the Week goes to Paige on Give Yourself A Break!

So important! But please remind me how much I need the break when I’m tempted to re-start after the first week off. Good idea about picking up another activity during the free time. I SHOULD plan to clean the house but in reality I will probably work my way through more seasons of Gossip Girl.

We love this because it’s so honest! It really is tempting to cut your running break short… and not to mention that those best laid plans for spending your down time catching up on to-do lists often fall by the wayside in favor of the really important things. You know, like Gossip Girl!

When we contacted Paige to let her know about her winning words, she shared more about what she does on those breaks, and what she has coming up on the racing front!

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Paige enjoying a running break – by visiting with her boyfriend and some puffins at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward!

Thanks for the honor! I try to take 2 2-week breaks per year – one in the summer and one in December, with no cross-training so I can let my body and mind completely de-train (after 4000+ miles this year, I need it!). I have some vision issues so running in the dark is draining which makes December a good time to stay inside. I’m looking forward to staying up a little bit later so I can actually spend time with my boyfriend (and not be an exhausted zombie either!) and maybe working on some DIY Christmas gifts and catching up on library books.

A few times in the past, I’ve managed to make a break coincide with a vacation so I can focus completely on vacationing rather than trying to cram runs in; this last summer Patrick and I went to Alaska and two years ago I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I’m generally a pretty high energy person so it’s hard for me to sit back and relax, and usually at the end of the first week off I’m sleeping poorly and getting pretty excited to get back to the hard work. I’m still deciding on races for this spring (so many fun ones to choose from!) but will definitely hit the track to try for a 5000m PR and then head to the USA 1/2 marathon championship with Rosemary. But first I’m off to Lexington for the USATF Club XC Champs!

Best of luck to Paige and everyone else racing this weekend!

Southern transplant who loves 90s boy bands, outdoor adventures and college basketball, although not necessarily in that order. Recovering running perfectionist.

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2 comments

    1. thanks! update : watched >10 gossip girl episodes and gotten my boyfriend hooked. haven’t even put on running shoes or a digital watch since saturday. sleept in until 7 am every morning. bought a few christmas presents. printed out instructions for diy gifts but have failed to even buy materials. so excited to get back to running in another 10 days. 🙂