Even more, absence makes the heart grow fonder, with anything that we love so dearly.
As fun as it is, runners must take a break from training and racing to reset, reboot and reflect.
Only then can we return stronger and ready to continue our journey of running for a lifetime, not just racing for today.
After running 11 races from distances 5K to 50K in 12 months and winning first overall female in four, second overall female in four, third overall female in one and first in my age category in the remaining two, I am ready for a running break.
I had my second son, Grey, on April 2, 2017 and began running 20 days later. Read how I made it to the start line injury free and happy: From Birth to 5K: Running My First Race at Four Months Postpartum and Five Tips to Get There.
Since then, I have been so utterly ecstatic to be a healthy, running mom of two boys, that I just could not get enough of the racing love! Mingling with other racers, pushing my limits, experiencing life on the run, ah, it has been MAGNIFICENT!
Yet, now, my body, soul and mind must restore itself.
Below I give you a list of five things to do to keep your little running heart content while taking a break from the trails (or roads if that's your jam).
Contact your local parks to learn about trail building opportunities.
All in all, a running break allows time to ponder and absorb the experiences from which you have just emerged as a stronger, happier, peaceful, more connected and confident runner. After all, that's why we do this crazy thing we runners do, right? To become a better human being by expressing our talents, passions and hard work in a positive way.
So, runners, fill your running break with fun, fulfilling, productive activities, and before you know it, you'll be returning refreshed and ready for the next running adventure :)
Here's to running for a lifetime!