A romantic mini-break with running.

So Healdsburg is out the way. Hurrah!! Everything has been aching this week – on Monday I was so stiff (I totally didn’t bother to stretch after the race), and my quads and hamstrings are still aching. But I don’t mind at all.

So what’s next?

Frankly…a rest.

I feel a little uncomfortable about saying this out loud, because I know that many of you are training your guts out for a marathon, or are simply proper runners who run 12 milers before breakfast on a Tuesday. But I got tired of training. I LOVE having a race to train for, I LOVE having a goal. But those last few long runs were mentally a little draining.  I am ready to have a weekend WITHOUT running two hours. Mentally, physically, emotionally, I want a break!


So I’m having one.

Not a total break from running because that would be no fun, but a month of having fun with running. Running with friends without worrying about pace. Running some trails. Running in some new places. My in-laws arrive next week for three weeks. I’m going to cut my runs back to 6 miles max so I can hang out with them. We’ll be going down to LA for a week so I can run in some new places, which will recharge me mentally. And then, when they go home, the Husband and I have a month to build it up for the Woodside 10k, my first trail race.

Talking of trails, did I show you my new trail shoes? They are so utterly beautiful that if there’s a chance of them getting dirty I don’t think I’ll wear them. Even the Dude said ‘NICE, Mummy’ when he saw them and keeps getting them off the shoe-rack when I say I need to put my shoes on. I know nothing about them technically, I admit this now. But they are very pretty and very comfy.

Pretty shoes 😉

So here’s to having some fun running for a month!! I’m ready to play!

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Nicola j says:

    Sounds like you need to start for a Santa pub crawl, or a team based yomp across fields, over bales, and through ponds up to your nethers. Will see what I can find for us in jan!

  2. I think it’s a great idea to take a break from having a set training plan and just enjoy running for a bit. Great job on your half 🙂

  3. Carlo says:

    Breaks are good and I’m with you it’s important that running remains fun. Those shoes are rather tasty btw – what are they?

    1. Cathryn says:

      Hey Carlo, nice to hear from you!!! They ARE foxy, aren’t they!! They are Salomons…not sure of the name. But they’re from the door-to-trail range. We have older ones and we’ve loved them.

      1. Carlo says:

        Found them! They’re called the Salomons XR Mission. So are you gonna run down mountains then?

      2. Cathryn says:

        I’ll prob wear them to Starbucks 🙂 I do want to run some trails but maybe not mountains for a while!!

  4. I have spent the year just having fun with running…. now I need a race and a plan because my speed and endurance has gone downhill 😦

  5. Cathryn says:

    Ha, that’s the risk! But you’ll get it back!

  6. henatayeb says:

    Cute shoes.. and have fun running.. you don’t want it to turn into a chore you end up disliking..

    1. Cathryn says:

      Exactly….that’s happened to me before!! Thanks for commenting!!

  7. Kristen says:

    Oh trails! That was one of my goals for this year too and I have to say they are a lot of fun! If you are looking for some good trail races the Brazen Racing series is amazing. Such well organized events and they are located throughout the bay area.

    1. Cathryn says:

      I’m looking forward to doing some Brazen races soon. I like how trail races are on Saturday, I really prefer that!! My friend’s just backed out of Saturday’s Inaugural trail run…gutted!

  8. Dicky Boast (Cat's Pa) says:

    Dad and I are so very proud of you – even if you scare us half-to-death!! Just take care and enjoy what you do! You are a wonderful daughter; a fab wife and a brilliant Mum!! Ummmmm…. you must take after me!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks little Mum. I do love you and yes, I’m just like you 🙂

  9. Jojo says:

    Every runner should do this whenever running starts to become a “should” instead of a “want”. 🙂 A favorite quote of mine is “Running has given me the courage to start,the determination to keep trying and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.” If you’re a little burnt out, run by feel and wait for that love to come back, I’m sure you’ll be itching to get buckle down on another goal in no time!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Hey, thanks for your comment and congrats again on your spectacular Spain run!! My week off is really working – I’m feeling lazy and slothful and really want to get running again. We’ve been out today for a leisurly family run and family commitments will keep me running short for the next few weeks, so I just know I’ll be itching to throw myself into training for our first ever trail run when our guests leave!!

      Enjoy Spain – if you get the chance, visit Girona, just north of Barcelona which is gorgeous and underappreciated!!

  10. Hey! I think I have those same shoes, but mine are a little more pink. I love the blue! And just in case you are worried, I washed mine after my run-in with poison ivy, and they came out looking brand new (and they were pretty muddy). So that’s an option if you decide to break them in.:) But not right now because you are resting! And enjoy that rest.:)

    1. Cathryn says:

      Great news about the shoe-washing, that does make me happier, thanks! Congrats on today’s half, speedy lady!

  11. Bean says:

    This sounds like a great idea. I am thinking I will do the same the end of Nov through Dec when all my half marathons this year are over. Will be fun to just run to run.:)

    1. Cathryn says:

      I think it’s a good thing to do, I would advise it! Already I’m itching to throw myself into training again, whereas last week I was just tired!!

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