Fact of the matter is, I lost endurance over the last few weeks. I know that the time off after my marathon PR was incredibly smart and important. But at the same time, yes it is humbling to feel like I lost the endurance and strength I worked very hard for last year. But I feel recharged and ready to tackle 2014 head on. (If you want to read a great post about embracing the off season- Lindsay and her Pro-triathlete hubs wrote this great read (and Vlog)--->here)
With that said, the next few weeks aren't exactly going to be insane training. I have no intentions of going from 0-60. After 4 weeks of down time, I need to build my base back up and that is something that takes time. Patience...I'm working on it. It's not even about the miles, it's about that feeling. I miss those long run feelings, I miss those killer workouts which left me incredibly sore but confident and eventually led to 2 marathon PR's this past fall. I miss it all, but I know that it will come back because I am going to work my ass off to get there.
I know this is nothing mind blowing; BUT guess what, training isn't always going to be off-the-wall, crazy paces or crazy miles. A strong base is incredibly important and I know once February rolls around I will be more than ready to really start pushing things more.
Some love base building, where it is not my strength. That is why I am ready to put in the time and effort to do whatever I can. I have 100% faith in my abilities and know that 4 weeks from now I am going to feel a heck of a lot more like myself. Those morning workouts I have been dragging my butt out of bed for, yeah I will be thanking myself for those.
I have totally watched/listened to 'Rise and Shine' daily for the last few weeks. It's a good reminder why I have been getting out of bed in the morning instead of sleeping another hour or 2.
|Rise and Shine.
So 2014 I am ready for you, I am ready to take whatever you have to throw at me....and give it right back.
What are you currently training for?
Do you find the cold weather hinders your motivation?
How many days a week do you run?