So if you haven’t already guessed from the severe lack of fitness-related posts as of late, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from training and running more generally. Following my last race of the year, the Royal Parks Half Marathon, I’ve done exactly zero miles of running.
Since catching the marathon bug in November 2011, I’ve pretty much been in constant training, mostly for running, but also cycling and swimming. Whilst I have done a fair number of really awesome races this past year, I won’t lie and will say that I was somewhat glad to reach the last race of the calendar year as I was feeling tired.
It wasn’t so much of a physical tiredness, but more a mental one. I had stopped training consistently for my races about mid-way through the year and had been winging my last few races as I was burning out. There were a lot of other things happening in my life at the time, and what spare time I had, I just couldn’t bring myself to adhere to yet another schedule.
Burned-out? O yea, 100%. There were just too many races I wanted to do and too many things I wanted to achieve before year end. It didn’t work out and ultimately, I got so tired of having to put my trainers on and run when there were other things I wanted / need to do that I stopped completely. Running had become a chore, rather than an enjoyable activity or an outlet for stress. It was time to take 5 and reassess what exactly it was I was trying to achieve because I wasn’t feeling happy about it.
So what have I been up to since then?
Having recently left my job and as a consequence, having more time to pursue my interests, I have rejoined a gym closer to my flat and have been attending a variety of gym classes. So no activities where I have to motivate myself, but rather ones where I have an instructor and others in the class to push me.
And you know what, I’ve really been enjoying myself. OK, so it’s still a bit hit-and-miss with the classes as I try out the different instructors at the various times and days of the week to see which one I prefer, but I’m rather enjoying my break from running. I’ve mostly been doing spinning, pilates (which I used to do a lot of and am enjoying getting back into) and Body Pump classes, with one or two other classes like Body Combat thrown in. I haven’t been pushing myself to extremes, but take about 1 class a day, 4 or 5 days a week.
Other than that, I’ve been trying to travel around London without the use of public transportation or cars i.e. I’ve mostly only been walking, jogging or cycling around town in an attempt to keep active as much as possible (and save money!). Now that I’ve got more free time, I’m taking the opportunity to live life at a more leisurely pace.
This won’t last for much longer however, as I’ll soon be packing up and heading off to Australasia and Asia within the next two weeks for an indefinite amount of time, likely to be more than 3 months. Though I’ll only be bringing along carry-on luggage, I intend to bring my trainers and a set of running clothes with me. If there comes a day during my travels abroad when I suddenly get an itch to just start running, I’ll go with it. If not, I’m happy to continue on my running hiatus until I really feel the hunger for it once again.
Rest assured this will DEFINITELY NOT be the last you hear about me running, because I received this in my inbox yesterday.
What’s that? You don’t read German and the text is blurry? O, so it basically says…
I GOT THROUGH THE BALLOT AND WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE 2014 BERLIN MARATHON! Woot woot!
The fact that I got so super excited receiving the email was proof to me that I still love running and I’ll be back at it at some point. I’m not sure exactly when that will be, but I am 100% sure that it will be well in time to get going on a good and proper marathon training schedule for Berlin (the race will be in late September). It’s going to be a good one!