I decided to take more than a month off from doing anything related to triathlon after my Half Ironman. I needed a break from structured training.
Today, I ran for the first time since my Half Ironman. It was glorious. Can you just sense the excitement?
I wanted this so badly.
I needed this sooooooooooooo badly.
I laced my shoes up saying to myself: Just go for as long as you feel like it.
Just me, my legs, and the road.
Having no music didn’t bother me at all. I just concentrated on all the Halloween decorations still up. That is a huge black spider in this person’s front yard, by the way.
And of course, the beautiful fall leaves. Sigh.
Heck. There were leaves all over the street in some sections, I just ran and frolicked in them!
No pictures of me frolicking since that would be pretty difficult by myself to capture that shot!
I was brutally reminded that my house is surrounded by hills when my breathing started to be labored in the dry cold crisp air and my legs started the familiar burning.
The only good part about being surrounded by hills where I live is that at the bottom of one, there is a bakery/ coffee shop to refuel at before having to run back up!
I lasted for about 40 minutes since the wind started picking up (COLD), and I was not dressed for wind! It was perfect. It was just what my body and mind needed. I LOVE cold weather running especially in the fall. The colors are beautiful, and I look like a freak running around with a huge smile on my face this time of year.
My real off season training plan isn’t going to start until probably December, I have decided. November will be completely unstructured workouts including cycling, swimming, yoga, TRX (still need to do a recap of that for you guys!!), and running. I’m going to be doing what I feel like. Why?
Because I’m not really mentally ready for a structured plan yet.
I’m nearing the end of my LAST semester of grad school. This next month is when most of my major projects are due. This means that things are going to start to get pretty hairy around here (which actually started early last week with me only posting once!). I will not have time to blog that much, but I will try my best. This also includes commenting on other blogs!! I will have more time when I graduate in December, but if you can cut me some slack this month, that would be great. 😉
What is your favorite time of year to run or be outside?
P.S. Thanks for all your kind words on Twitter last week regarding Kai! Poor thing. We thought he had Parvo, but the vet tested him for that which came up negative. He was up puking with diarrhea the entire night with the chills. The vet said that if he wasn’t better by morning, that we would have to hook him up to IVs. Eeeek!! Thank goodness, my little pirahna was feeling better the next day. We are thinking it was some freak 36-hour flu. He is back to his precious cute self while sleeping, and his annoying, peeing everywhere, drawing blood self when awake. 😉
Oh, and check out my healthy snack idea that was featured on Womansday.com.