Embracing the Off Season

One downside to this season has been that the beautiful, fall weather didn’t actually arrive until after race day. I had originally planned to take two weeks off after the race, but with the nice temperatures I found myself jumping back in after a week off. Luckily I wasn’t feeling burnt out and I have been taking it easy in order to let my body continue to recover from the long training cycle. I have currently cut back my running to 4-5 days a week and I am enjoying being able to take it easy a few extra mornings.

I ran a little less this week, but brought back some intensity. Wednesday morning it was (not surprising) warm out, in the 60s. I decided to head down to the trail and do a mid-week long run and throw in some pace work just to get my legs moving to see how they feel. I did a mile warm up and then 7 miles around half marathon pace before a 2 mile cool down. Overall, my body felt good. My heart rate was a little high, but I know I’m not quite recovered yet and the warmer temperatures didn’t help. It was a good run, but I need some more time before I get back into some more formal training and speed work.

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Views from my run
Views from my run

I did an easy run on Friday morning and then on Friday night my friend Katie came over for some wine and girl time. Katie just ran the Marine Corps Marathon in pretty much the same conditions I experienced at Columbus, so she filled me in on all the happenings of the weekend. We talked for hours and it was the latest I’ve stayed up on a Friday night in pretty much forever. Around midnight the fire was almost out, the temps were in the 30s, and it got chilly very quickly!

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Despite my late night, I headed down to the trail Saturday morning for another longer run. It was in the 30s when I headed out and it was such a nice change. The trail looked beautiful and there were a lot of people out. I ran down to campus where some early morning tailgaters had already set up. I ran this slow and easy, but between the long run and lack of sleep the night before, I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home.

View from the trail
View from the trail

I had initially planned to run on Sunday morning, but I opted to sleep in instead. Getting that extra hour from the clock change was great. This is what I love about the off-season. Rather than a normal set schedule, I’m writing in what I do after I do it on my normal training calendar. I have been going out with a mileage range in mind and falling somewhere between those miles depending how I feel and what my heart rate is doing. I don’t have any mileage goals for the week right now and I am enjoying some much shorter weekday miles than my norm.

I am planning to take a week or two off again before my training begins for my spring marathon, but right now which week(s) I’ll do that is still up the in air. For now, I am going to continue to embrace the off season and run when I want based on how I feel.

2 thoughts on “Embracing the Off Season

  1. I’m so in love with the off-season right now. I’m doing gym classes, working on strength, doing yoga and most importantly running for fun! Absolutely no commitments, apart from remaining strong and uninjured. (OK, one commitment- foam rolling)!

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  2. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style

    Yeah, it’s crazy how fall weather is still not really hear yet! I’ve just joined the club of race day weather being much warmer than it should have been. Oh well–all I can do is enjoy it when it finally comes. It’s supposed to get really cold this weekend (figures, a week late!). Enjoy these next weeks before your spring training starts!

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