Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (Duh)

So what do you think of days off from running? I am always conflicted about my days off. Part of me is relieved that I have extra time to take care of other stuff and that I don't have to worry about squeezing my run in or running in bad weather or whatever it is I might be worried about that day. The other part of me remembers the three month stretch of not one single day off of running and how good that felt. I loved feeling all hard core and dedicated.

I know for many runners, especially new runners, running every day is just not feasible and rest days can be essential to prevent injuries. I felt fine on 7 days a week. I know my body can take it, so it seems to me like a rest day is in the schedule just to keep me from running too much and getting burnt out during this downtime and maybe I'm crazy but that purpose alone doesn't help me feel better about taking a rest day. It reminds me that my hard core days are long behind me. Wa! Will they ever be back? Yeah, some day I'll be really hard core again. Just not now. Yeah yeah yeah. I know. Balance.

So yesterday was my day off and I spent my lunch hour doing exciting things like going to the bank and buying mascara and my favorite seasonal treat, Cadbury eggs at the drugstore. I had to walk clear across Downtown to the bank and it was freakin' freezing out there! No wonder all the sallow-eyed office stiffs surrepticiously smoking look at me like I'm insane when I'm out there running! Well, besides the fact that I'm running. I was a popsicle when I got back to my office! I guess maybe I'm still a tiny bit hard core.

So today, partly to avenge the day off, I did my first harder run since the race on Saturday. I went out for 1 hour run including Tinman's mixed pace fartlek: 6 x 2:00 @ 10k effort(1:00); 6 x 1:00 @ 5k effort(1:00); 4 x :20 @ 1 mile effort (:40). I was in a good running mood and really felt the workout. For the 2:00 reps I concentrated on maintaining a solid smooth and consistent effort. For the 1:00 reps I thought of Joe Positive's recent discovery of hamstrings. For each of these I concentrated on injecting some power into my running focusing on my hamstrings. I felt tough! For the :20 reps I wrangled a guy I work with to do them with me as I caught him just as he was finishing 800's on the Hustler loop. So, I concentrated on not letting him pass me for those. I know. I am really a child. But sometimes that childish competitiveness is what you need to tap into to have a good workout! And it was fun.

13 comments:

kenyarunb said...

Salty - Days off are grrrreat! H. refuses to allow me to run more than 6 days in a row - he showed me just how much we underrate rest as runners.

If it's any consolation, Paula Radcliffe runs in 8 day cycles - every 8th day is a complete day of rest (and she's the world record holder!). Pretty darn awesome, and a huge testament to the power of days off.

Bridget

Quinto Sol said...

OMG, I just love Cadbury chocolate... the one made in England though... I tried the one made in the US and it's not even close.

keith said...

Cadbury Creme Eggs are my favorite this time of year, too. Last year I was still eating my hoard of them until June.

I suppose I could afford to take more days off if I didn't, though.

TrainingtoTri said...

Oh Oh Oh Cadbury Eggs are my all time favorite. And your still plenty hardcore!

EVIE5000 said...

I swear by days off!!! I think we had this conversation a while ago. I would break if I ran everyday. Everyone is different though. Seriously, embrace rest days. You body will reward you in the long run.
Oh...and you're more hard core then you think!!

triguyjt said...

i keep a safe deposit box filled with cadbury gold eggs.

i never go a week without taking one day off from training....

mainers said...

Cadbury's creme eggs,mmmmm... I second Quinto Sol's comments, but being English I'm biased! Much better than Hersheys though!

DaisyDuc said...

It is amazing just how much colder downtown feels when walking around versus running!

I love the occasional rest days...it is the nescessary injury ones that stink!

Joseph P. Wood said...

I have to dissent here: I think Cadbury eggs are vile; i know, strong words from Mr. SF Pudding Society, but I just don't dig them. For that matter, I'm not big fan of Hershey's either.

Instead, give me some dark, bitter, stout chocolate with just a touch of sweet--you know, something the Andorans concocted--and then let's talk.

***

Mono-Fartleks really a good way to maintain shape: you touch your wheels without your eyes going back into your head. And, these fartleks are good aerobic power builders as well...

Jim said...

Good for you for sticking to taking a day off. If you need any more, just let me know: I've banked a ton of them and would be willing to share!

Meghan said...

Mmmmn, rest.

Mmmmn, Cadbury eggs.

;)
Meghan

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Chelle said...

I think it's the Men's U.S. olympic coach, I'm blanking on his name, that talks about the importance of off or easy days because that's when recovery/improvement occurs. He calls it his doo-doo rule...something like, it's not how many miles you do, it's how well you can recover from the miles that you do-do.

- chelle

p.s. Dammit, now I know they're in the stores again, I'm going to go have to buy a couple cadburys on the way into work.