More updates, what it’s like to not run for 2 weeks

Don’t let the title fool you, there’s nothing groundbreaking going on here. Just odds and ends, some more exciting than others:

I’m still on my running break

Or as I lovingly call it, “Burnout Rehab”. I’m now on Day 17 run-free, and I’m surprised by how normal it all feels. I guess it’s easy for me to say since I’m choosing not to run instead of being forced not to; I know I can go back any time I want and that I’m in complete control. But I don’t miss it or feel like I’m “losing my sanity” or whatever. I don’t even feel that sluggish or out of shape. I feel fine. Granted, it’s only been 2 weeks, so I probably just haven’t really lost much fitness yet.

I still think about running often and dream of how good it will feel when I’m just running, as slow as I want, with no end goal in mind and no fitness level to maintain, so I’m sure this knowledge that I’ll eventually return when I want to is what keeps me from feeling so anxious about not running (that and I really needed the break).

I thought about trying to start running again next week, but I think I need more time. I want to really crave and want to run again. I think that feeling is what will tell me I’m fully recovered and that I’m ready to truly run for the enjoyment of it. I’m not quite at that point, but I’m starting to look forward to it so I know it’s getting closer.

My race originally scheduled for this weekend is probably a no-go. I thought about switching to the 5K, but this race is about a half hour drive from my house and I don’t really want to make that trip just for a 5K I’m not in shape for. I am, however, planning to do the Milwaukee Running Festival next weekend. Not only is it only 3 miles from home but I really like that event and want to participate in it again this year. Assuming I don’t run before then, I think 4 weeks is a solid amount of time off, and I have to admit I’m intrigued and amused to see what 5K time I’ll manage after 4 weeks of no running.

I registered for Chicago!!!

Here we go, it’s happening! Unless for some reason my entry doesn’t get approved, I’m gonna be on the official athlete list for the 40th running of the Chicago Marathon! Of course now I’m going to spend the next week worrying that something was wrong with my application and I’ll get denied on a technicality, like the results link doesn’t work or something. All the amazing things I’ve heard about it better be true, and I better get there healthy because I’m about to be out 200 freaking dollars for a race. I’m pumped to run a World Marathon Major but holy overpricing batman!!

I’m rolling out my new blog next week!

Mark your calendars, 1 week from today will be my last post here and my first post on my new blog! I’ve decided on November 1st as the official launch date for my new blog, minimal marathoner (I previewed the blog in my last post, if you haven’t seen it yet). I’m starting to get the website ready and I’m really excited for my new blogging (and running!) journey to start soon. Hopefully that will be the day my Chi Marathon entry is confirmed, and it’s the first day of my favorite month, so what better day to blaze a new trail?

Anyone else running Chicago next year?

Have you ever rebranded or changed blogs?




22 thoughts on “More updates, what it’s like to not run for 2 weeks

  1. I think taking a break here or there is good for you. Don’t worry about the loss of fitness. It’ll be worth it once you get back to it. Also, congrats on signing up for Chicago!! That’s gonna be really wonderful.

    1. Thanks Kerry! I’m not worried about the loss of fitness. I’d actually rather lose it and be super slow coming back, so that I can just focus on the running and not fall back into the comparison trap.

  2. Glad to hear rehab is going well for you πŸ™‚ I hope you have fun at the festival. I know it will be fine, I bet you will be fairly zippy still!
    That overpricing thing!! That is why I won’t run another Disney race – although really fun it is just toooo much. One and done. Hopefully you will get in CHI and check off that experience.

    1. Thanks Karen! Yeah, it’s ridiculous how overpriced most races are. I really want to run Chicago but after this I think I will stick to smaller, local, less corporate events. Any World Marathon Majors or big city events I run will be one-and-done for me, for this reason.

  3. I missed your last post, but I’m really excited for your new blog! Can’t wait to check it out and see your new direction πŸ™‚ And congrats on the chicago marathon! That’s so exciting πŸ™‚

  4. Shoot…a ton of stuff going on.

    Congrats on chicago, I know everything will go just fine with registration.

    New blog or rebranding is a no go, too lazy to do all that lol

  5. I have to say that a running break does sound kind of nice. I love the name of your new blog! Very catchy. Congrats on registering for Chicago, that’s exciting! I’ve actually been thinking about a second marathon but can’t make up my mind. πŸ˜›

  6. Yay for running breaks! I’m planning on taking a full two weeks off after my race, and maybe longer if I feel like it. And huge yay for registering for Chicago! It will be nice to be able to plan out your year based on that. I have no idea what I’m going to do next year! I had no idea Chicago was that expensive, but I guess smaller marathons are still pretty pricey (like Pgh), so I can see it. Can’t wait for your new blog!!!

    1. Breaks after marathons are such a good idea. The longest I ever took was a week but in hindsight I wish I would have taken at least 2 after my marathons. It always feels so nice to have time off, I’m sure you will love it.

      And yeah, I can’t stand how expensive some of these big city races are. If for some reason my Chicago registration doesn’t pan out, and I don’t get in the lottery, I’ll be doing a local race that’s half the price. Part of me almost wants to not get into Chicago for that reason, lol.

  7. You will be healthier and happier for taking time off. You already sound more relaxed. I am thinking about starting up the blog again, especially when training for Boston officially starts up, we will see. I am excited about the new blog. Congrats on Chicago!!

  8. I took 17 days off in January this year and it had no affect on my spring training. Part of it was planned (vacation) but the other part was being really sick right before vacation. By the time vacation was over I was so pumped to jump into my 5k training plan. Hopefully when you do start running again you will have the same thing: minimal loss in fitness with a huge drive to start training. I’ve been thinking I’ll do something similar this year (except without the vacation 😦 ).

    I rebranded this spring, but I’m a pretty lazy blogger and really not someone you should try to emulate in this regard, lol. If I recall correctly Kristina (Blog about running) rebranded her blog at some point before I was a reader.

    Congratulation on Chicago! So exciting!!

    1. Thanks Heather! Fingers crossed the registration goes through!

      I’ve been reading Kristina since I first started blogging (crazy!); from what I recall, she redesigned her site but didn’t really change the focus or content of her blog. You were actually the person that came to mind when I thought about rebranding! I remember when you started a new site that was still mostly you just with a little bit of a new direction and theme. Gretchen is also an example but I think that’s different since she kept her site and just started up a 2nd one for her other content.

      Perhaps this is just semantics but I’m not going to be training when I come back, just running. I’m not going to be officially training for anything until June! I think it will help me relax and enjoy running more to know that I don’t have to worry about my speed for fitness for a long time, I can just run. Are you thinking of taking your break after the 50K or is that off the table now?

      1. The training/running difference makes a lot of sense. I use them pretty interchangeably, but that is because I am usually either training for a race or taking time off to recover (feel free to mark your calendar now for my inevitable burnout).

        Kristina had a tumblr blog years ago. I stumbled across an image from it on Pinterest once. I felt like a creepy weirdo when I realized it was the same Kristina that I “knew.”

  9. Woo hoo!! That image makes me so excited for you! Chicago is expensive, but it is sooo fun and so well organized. Plus, it’s a great excuse to visit a really cool city. I can’t wait to go back to Chicago when my girls are older and really hit up all of the sites. Looking forward to the launch your new blog too!

  10. Yay Chicago!! I’m so excited you’re running next year – you’re going to love it. My guaranteed registry stuff opens on Sunday morning (I do a program through the local running organization that gets you guaranteed entries to Chicago – not free, sadly, but guaranteed, which is a lot less stressful than the lottery), so I’m hoping to be registered soon.

    1. Well, my guaranteed entry has still been pretty stressful since it’s now been a week and I still haven’t heard whether my app has been approved or not. I know they said 10 business days, but I just want to know and it’s driving me nuts! Total first world problems, I know, but I’m a horrible waiter. If it’s not approved and they switch me to the lottery I’ll have to wait even longer!!

  11. Taking a break sounds like a really good idea- I often feel I’m teetering on the edge of burnout, and I have to remember to actually listen to those signs and rest up. Chicago sounds really exciting but my days 200 dollars for a marathon?! That’s absolutely insane!

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