Pre-Rocky, I was wondering how much time I would take off from running. Taking a cue from Scott Jurek, I figured a nice block of 2 -4 weeks with no running would be a good idea. I've trained for quite a long while with many, many miles on my body over the past year and thankfully, have no injuries.
2-4 weeks of crosstraining, not thinking about any races to train for or even sign up for, seems like a reasonable amount of time. I strongly felt that after running 100 miles, I would not want for a run for at least that amount of time.
I was wrong. What else is new? My recovery is going well. Other than being very tired my only real issue is my right knee which took a hit on one of the wooden bridges during Rocky. It is quite sore and is lending itself to a "peg leg" gait. My kids are enjoying calling me a pirate. I have promised myself that I will absolutely not run at all until I have zero pain.
Waking up on Monday, I had a strange sensation. I had nothing hanging over my head. As much as I wanted to run Rocky, I will admit, it was, at times, one of those "things" looming in my mind. Knowing I HAD to get my training done so I could get to the start line at Rocky was, at times, annoying. Honestly, the last two weeks of training before the race, I had to motivate myself with the promise of taking off as much time as I wanted once the race was over, whether I finished it or not. Not having that external pressure on myself on Monday was nice, but at the same time, kind of a lonely, empty feeling. Still, I swore I would not even consider anything for 2 - 4 weeks. Then last night, I could no longer sit idle. Instead of 4 weeks, my fast lasted 4 days. I started scanning races to possibly sign up for. There are not too many for me to choose from because they have to be local right now.
I did not sign up for anything, yet... but I am considering two possibilities in April. I have some longer term goals that I would like to entertain as well but they are somewhat incongruent with one another which would mean I probably could not work on both of them at the same time. Not sure where I will go first.
I suppose that is the beauty of rest. I don't have to decide anything right now. It is ok to rest. Maybe I will even get caught up on some things around the house.
In other news... today is my sweet grandbaby's 1st birthday! Ahhh... the good things in life!