A Month Off

Circle HopWith September almost at an end, I was a bit shocked to realise that it I haven’t run at all this month. It wasn’t something that I had planned for. In fact, my plan was to finish up my adapted C25K program be running 5K again by mid-October. But it didn’t happen, and I’m fine with that.

When it comes to training, I’m usually pretty focussed, and even obsessive about making sure I stay on track. Even when I miss a few sessions or don’t quite hit my targets, I still manage to put a positive spin on it, reassess what needs to be done, and get moving again. But this month I just wasn’t  feeling it.

To be honest, I haven’t really been feeling it since April. There was the longer than expected post-marathon recovery, the niggles that just wouldn’t seem to settle and the fact that my employment situation has been (and still is) in a state of transition since May probably didn’t help.

In saying that, having a month off hasn’t been a bad thing. It has given me the chance to relax, recover and reassess a few things. And it has made me realise just how much I want to run again.

So, with the final quarter of the year approaching, October is going to be a new beginning for me. I’m going to re-launch myself into Couch to 5K and this time I’m going to do it properly. No adapting the ratios, no short cuts with the walk breaks and, most importantly, no pressure to get to 5K before I’m ready.

After all, this running lark is supposed to be about having fun, so that’s what I’m going to do.

How’s your training going? Have you taken an extended break from running? How to you get yourself back on track again? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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12 thoughts on “A Month Off”

  1. I know exactly how you feel. I’ve been beating myself up for not running but not put in the same amount of effort or will to get out there. This is why I’ve ended up having some breaks. That and problems with time and my knee have all meant a short set of breaks that weren’t planned.

    1. Sorry to hear your knee isn’t so good Keith. I’m usually pretty good when it comes to pushing myself when I don’t feel like it, but you’re right – sometimes the will just isn’t there and a break is needed. Hope you’re on the mend soon. x

  2. I’m 3 weeks in and no running. On a rest from a race I did at the start of September. I’ve had my fair share of injuries and seem to go from one to an other. Having total rest is one thing but I’ve found active rest is sometimes better. Stretching and strengthening also helps. Good luck on getting back to it.

  3. It’s so funny – I was just thinking last night “I haven’t seen any posts from Kirsten in a while” and here you are!
    My running has been very sporadic lately…I’m just not ‘feeling it’ either right now. I think it’s because I don’t have any races lined up with my running buddies – running with a group really helps ME stay on track. I’ve got a big vacation planned in Oct and I hope to get back to a more stable routine after that and I’ll be starting over with C25K as well 🙂

    1. Your thoughts must have reached me in the early hours of this morning… how spooky… Some kind of trans-Atlantic kick up the backside vibes, perhaps? 😉
      I feel much more motivated now that I’ve had a break, so I reckon it was a good call in the end. I’m sure you’ll feel ready for C25K again after your big vacation too. Enjoy your time off! 🙂 xx

  4. I am having trouble getting back into running, too. Community theatre commitments, health problems, general malaise… It helps to see that everybody else isn’t out there putting in miles and miles every day! It sounds like you have a good plan, especially remembering that running is supposed to be fun. Rock on!

    1. Yeah, life does get in the way sometimes… One of the reasons I stay away from the blog when I’m not running is that I feel guilty when I see how much running everyone else is doing – sometimes we just need to give ourselves a pass for a while.
      I’m sure we’ll find our way back to running soon enough though. I hope you’re doing ok. xx

  5. I think everyone takes a moment in their running plans when they need to take a break. And you’re right more often than not it helps us realize how much we enjoy the activity and helps us reassess our running plans. My son and I have recently started the couch to five k program. He wants to run the turkey trot this year. Since he works second shift, he doesn’t get out of work until midnight. So two or of three weekly runs we do at twelve thirty in the morning. I slow my pace to keep with him and you know what? Not worrying about going faster, or trying to run the entire way has made me fall in love with running all over again. Running at midnight is WONDERFUL! It’s so peaceful, and the night is so beautiful. Bonus…time spent with my son. Let’s enjoy this last part of the year, my friend! Good luck with your training!

    1. That’s great that you’re enjoying running again, and with your son too. I’m sure you’re doing great job keeping each other motivated, and running at midnight does sound lovely!
      Have a fab weekend and keep up the great work! 🙂 xx

  6. I derailed from C25K too! I had grand plans to finish off C25K and transition into 10K training, since I have a race scheduled in a little over a month. Vacation got in my way, as did an injury I picked up while on vacation. Looks like I’ll be starting over again too!

  7. It’s nice to know there are other that take breaks that may seems like forever, but there’s always a reason for them. Sometimes I feel sooooo guilty for doing it because I’m pretty obsessive too, but sometimes life gets in the way or you just need a break. Fall is a new season and I’m sure you’re going to kill it!

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