I took the long holiday weekend off running. Entirely. I've actually been off running for about 1.5 weeks. If you recall, my last real run was to test drive my Asics. Well, I decided to give my legs some real healing time & lay off the running. I want to come back fresh to the sport I love.
I actually ended up "cheating" on running by spending the long weekend skiing. I'm very much a beginner skier, Mr. X & I went up to Garmisch, Germany for a nice ski weekend. And as usual, there was a shoe problem. In this case, Mr. X talked me into the purchase of ski boots, which pretty much means I have to ski a lot to make the purchase "worth it." I don't mind so much; I had a blast! I got to do something fitness-related that didn't really feel like fitness. It was a great break.
So now what? It's back to running, my first love. I feel refreshed & energized. I think taking a break was beneficial for my body & mind... it was becoming stressful to try & run & constantly be in pain. Being refreshed, I can focus my mind to the task of training & getting ready for the marathon in May. I'm cutting it close, but so long as I don't have any more training disasters, I'll be able to do it. I start pounding pavement tomorrow.