Last week I made it through only a handful of runs (one speed session, 3 short, easy runs). Between having just accomplished a huge running goal and having family staying with me for 4 nights, it made sense to cut back a little bit and enjoy some off time.
Monday afternoon I took my sister and niece to the airport. Instead of heading out for a run that night, I went out for dinner and a drink with my husband instead. I LOVED having my family here, but it was exhausting. I was far too tired to even think about running.
Tuesday I left myself with no choice but to squeeze in a 4 mile run. I had to have an old cavity replaced and I get terrible anxiety at the dentist. The best plan seemed to be that I would take my anti-anxiety medicine, run to the dentist, and have Kendall pick me up after (I’m not supposed to drive when taking the medicine). I still felt zero desire to run, but I got it done.
Wednesday came and went without a run. The best part is that I don’t feel the least bit guilty for missing workouts. Right now is the perfect time to cut back a little. My next two races are 5ks (just over 2 and 5 weeks away). I doubt that I can PR on either of the courses. If taking a few days off this week means I only run a 20:45 instead of a 20:35, that is a consequence I can live with.
When I finish my last 5k of the season on June 25, I only have a one week break before starting half training. I want to start that training feeling fresh, not burned out. Taking a small break now, while it won’t affect any goal races, just makes sense. So that’s what I’m doing. I have a few errands to run this afternoon and will be too busy to run on Friday, so my tentative plan is to make my next run Saturday.