I’m done with my racing season, yes, and that is nothing new. My last race was a month ago. As with each year I have been a runner, November and December are my recovery months. With my 2014 packed full of long distance running my body has needed the rest. I have to admit, it has been kind of nice to take some time off.
If you’re ready, I will reveal the measly mileage put on my running shoes in November. Are you ready for this? I ran a grand total of seven times! Yep, just 7 runs in a month that was 30 days long. My last race was on November 2nd, a Half Marathon. So if you subtract that mileage from the monthly total, I actually ran just 20 miles in recovery mode. That is by far the lowest tally I have racked up in a month since I started running seriously back in 2010. It’s actually kind of pathetic, but I think it was totally worth it.
My legs have healed, my feet feel good. The muscle tissue has recovered. I can tell just in everyday actions like walking and climbing stairs. The few recovery runs I had were at a really decent pace, too. They ranged between 8:13 per mile up to 8:37 per mile.
I say stick a fork in me because I feel like I am done with recovery. I want to hit the pavement more these days. With no races on the horizon sometimes I’ve been just too lazy to lace ’em up and hit the street. It’s been fine for now having that sort of thinking, but that must now change. True, I will not be getting back at it 100% for now but just having a healed body gives me more motivation to go into attack mode again. I would like to hit somewhere between 60-70 miles this month, and then really step it back up in January. With a marathon in mind for early February, I feel my approach to time off and recovery was a great decision. All good things must come to an end as they say. Recovery mode is over, it’s time to train!
Hallelujah! I’m back, and ready to rejoice in running!