Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Focusing on the Bigger Picture

After running New York I spent some time thinking about what I wanted to focus on in 2014. I knew I didn't want to run another fall marathon so I could turn all my attention to triathlons over the summer but my plans for the spring were up in the air. Initially I wanted to run a spring half and try to PR. When I started mapping things out I started to feel stressed. My knee was still bothering me but if I wanted to try to PR I would have to start building a base soon. Looking at everything I felt overwhelmed and that should have been my first sign not to do a spring half. I liked the idea of taking it easy in the spring and building a really solid base for triathlon training but I felt guilty about it. I'm not really sure why but I felt this pressure to run a spring half.

I haven't run in two and a half weeks and I am completely okay with that. I've been going to a hot vinyasa yoga class this week (post to come!) but that's about all I've been doing on the exercise front. Since I haven't run, I have no idea how my knee is doing. I haven't been foam rolling, stretching or doing my exercises so I probably haven't made too much progress. I am picking these things back up this week though.

I mentioned in my last post that I entered the lottery for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. Well I got in! I will be doing this race with my mom, my cousin, and his wife. Even though there isn't too much difference between running a half and a 10 miler I feel so much pressure lifted off of me having this as my main goal for the spring. I ran one 10 miler last spring and I definitely think I can PR but to be honest that isn't that important to me. Yes I like to race, and yes I'm going to run to the best of ability that day but I'm also going to be more relaxed with my training.

I just listened to an interview with Kara Goucher where she talked about being injured for so much of 2013. She says she was in such a hurry to get ready for the next race that she was training at a level her body wasn't ready for. This really clicked with me. I have some big goals for 2014 but I won't be able to achieve them if I don't let my body heal 100%. I don't like being injured but I need to think more long term.

For now I'm going to fill my weeks with fun cross training to enjoy the off season. I do want to start running again but I don't want to worry about not running fast enough or far enough. I'm going to do whatever I can now to get my body ready for what I want it to do come August and September. Right now the only running I want to do is trail running so that's what I'm going to do. I don't want to pay attention to anything other than how beautiful the snow covered trails are.


  1. Congrats on getting into Cherry Blossom race!! Im sure you will have a great time especially with family members running it too!!

    Enjoy and embrace this down time, the cross training will be great for you!!!

  2. Enjoy this time off! When I was injured I took up yoga and realized how much I loved it! It is amazing what else you can find outside of running! :)
    Congrats on the Cherry Blossom!

  3. Congrats on getting into Cherry Blossom, I am running too! It will be my first 10 miler. Enjoy the down time, I have slowed my running down and its been nice. I had a great run yesterday and while it was short it invigorated my love for running again.

  4. I agree with you - running in the snowy woods is the best type of run out there! Good luck with planning your 2014 schedule. Sometimes I feel like there is something "missing" from my race schedule and spend a ton of time looking for the perfect race, and then find one at the last minute. So even if your race schedule isn't full yet, you might find something perfect to run soon!

  5. Congrats on getting into the Cherry Blossom! Ten miles is my favorite running distance… not too far, not too short :) Embrace the off season and downtime! Your body and mind will thank you for it when you ramp up training!