Labor Day is next weekend and that means summer is almost over and more importantly that means my #SummerOfNoTraining is almost over with too. I did not set out to have a training free summer, actually just the opposite. In February I had signed up for a fall marathon to keep me motivated and to keep me training. I knew I’d need all the help I could get to keep running so I thought I fall marathon would do the trick. Not so much.
I backed out of the marathon when I discovered that no matter how much I willed myself to go for a run, I just didn’t want to. I wanted to do anything but run. I haven’t exactly been sitting on the couch binge watching Netflix – but I have done that too. I still workout. I just don’t run. Every once in a while I will go for a run but it’s nothing more than 3 miles and I dread it the whole time leading up to hitting the pavement and I’m pretty miserable the whole time I’m running too. I would much rather bike, strength train, do yoga, go kayaking – anything but run.
I am just so burnt out. This is my first summer in 5 years that I haven’t been training for a fall event. And after training for the Fall 50 – solo last year, I simply need a break.
So what have I been doing if I haven’t been running? Well, the answer is everything and nothing. I’ve tried my hand at stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain biking. I’ve gone on a few distance bike rides, gotten back into yoga and set up my own circuit training stations on my deck, complete with TRX, kettle bells and resistance bands.
I’ve also slept in and skipped workouts completely. I’ve sipped coffee on the deck and I have aimlessly walked the farmer’s market in search of the perfect bouquet of flowers. I’ve gone to concerts, I’ve gone to Packers games and I’ve gone to happy hour. All things I haven’t been able to do in the past 5 years.
And I have to say, I’ve been loving every latte laden second of it! Now I know what the rest of you do with your summers while I’ve been carb loading, doing intervals, hill training and spending hours and hours and hours on long runs on weekends. Who knew summer could be so fricken fabulous!? And so fattening? Good lord, how do people drink lattes, craft beer and eat 3 meals a day without logging 50-70 miles a week? How do you keep the weight off? Please tell me, I need to know because I have not been able to figure it out on my own. And my tight pants are a testament to the fact that I’ve been failing miserably at it.
So, what is in store for me now that my #SummerOfNoTraining is coming to an end? I’m not sure. I have a busy fall, and none of it includes running or training. But after my crazy busy fall is done and winter hits, then what? Will I get the running bug again? Or am I done? Will I miss it or will I continue to dread it? I hope I’m not done with running forever. I hope I start to miss it soon. But as of now, I don’t. I don’t miss it a bit. So while I hope to see you again in the future – running my dear friend – but for now, I’m enjoying my other less demanding friends I’ve made over the summer. And to that I say, see you around!
Until next time,
Gotta (do anything – but) run!