summer’s over: back to running
Last week I found myself with a golden window of opportunity: a free evening. Every night during the week I either have clients or bootcamp classes, so free time between the hours of 5:00pm and 9:00pm is pretty rare. The stars aligned and I found myself with one of those elusive free nights, so I planned out what I truly wanted to do–a sunset run.
Now some of you may know that I have taken an “off-season” for running simply because the Miami summers were painfully sweltering and indoor treadmill running makes me want to belt out a blood-curtling scream. This decision to jump back into outdoor running was a big one for me. Was the humidity still too high? Will I get a headache from the heat? Do I even have it in me to do my normal route?
I decided to avoid any and all frustration that the GPS often causes when I run–I went tech-free. I didn’t need to know my pace, didn’t need to push myself too hard (like I tend to do sometimes). All I intended was to have a relaxing run to ease me back in the game after a summer of the elliptical and sporadic brain-numbing treadmill running.
You know what? It felt good. My body felt rested and prepared for the run. While out on the road I felt calm and free of tension. What really amazed me was that I truly enjoyed it, I never was counting down the minutes. And bonus points–I ended up running much faster than I expected! My start time and end time astonished me.
In this unofficial “off-season” I focused a lot more on strength training. I really wanted to assess the weaknesses in my body so I upped the strength moves for my back to counteract the slouchy posture that I sometimes notice when I see myself in a photo or mirror. After a season of back exercises, I noticed that my running posture felt much more comfortable and my shoulders were more easily aligned. I really think this new-found strength will help with my breathing and might actually translate into faster times for me–the better I can breathe, the better I can run!
My intentions for this running season are to continue with the strength training to keep myself in top form, maybe sign up for a race or two, and be diligent about my foam rolling.
I’m back in the game! Do you guys have a running off-season? What do you like to do when you can’t run?
Also, here are a couple fun photos from the Labor Day weekend!