I took a full week off.
The first two days post-race were easy. My legs, specifically my quads, hurt A LOT. Didn't even cross my mind to go for a run.
Last Monday night, I was packing for our 5-day family vacation to St. Louis and Chicago and my bag was full without running stuff. I considered switching bags, however, at that moment I thought, "It might be good to take a full week off." So I kept my bag and brought ZERO running clothes along.
It was fun. I ate ALL THE FOOD. I drank ALL THE BEER. I took ALL THE NAPS.
While the week wasn't entirely devoid of exercise due to the fact that we did a lot of walking (and chasing kids), by yesterday I knew my running vacation was up.
I also knew that I am a little lost as to what's next for me. I have no races on the horizon. 2017 seems a long way off and although I have some things in mind, nothing that I am ready to commit to. I know that one of the biggest threats to consistency for me is not having a plan. I just love checking off those little boxes of workouts!!
I want/need a plan to say consistent, and yet, I also want to be free and not have to train for anything right now.
Enter the Stride Through the Holidays training plan by Another Mother Runner. The plan is 5 weeks long, designed solely to keep you moving. No race at the end. Just 40 check boxes of workouts to do. Best yet, 100% of the proceeds go to Heart Strides. For $25, I thought it was well worth it to keep up my consistency game AND the added bonus of supporting a great cause. (Helping moms prioritize self care!) I signed up last night and checked out what the first workout (today) was: a simple 30-40 minute run.
So I returned to setting out my clothes on the bath tub ledge...setting my knuckle lights, house key, hat on the kitchen counter...setting out my shoes by the front door...setting my alarm for 5 AM.
Old habits die hard. Sometimes, that's a good thing.