I’ve been on an extended running break lately. The 15th of March marked exactly four months since I laced up and went for a run. Lots of factors went into the break; total burnout from marathon training was a big one. Also being super busy and not wanting to spend that much time out on the pavement or on the treadmill. And since January, CrossFit has been my main fitness squeeze. Add in persistent shoe woes and I said “Screw it” and just let it go.
Lately though, I’ve been feeling distinctly nostalgic for running. For the accomplishment I used to feel after a tough interval workout, or the joy of running a PR race. So I thought maybe, just maybe, it was time to bring it back. Last night, I hit up good ole Planet Fitness and ran a couple of miles on the treadmill.
In spite of the fact that I’ve lost all my calluses and had some minor blistering, this was actually an amazing run. I did a quarter of a mile walking warm up, then ran two whole miles, starting at about an 10:30 minute per mile pace, and inching up the speed one notch every quarter of a mile, so I finished at about a 9:40/mile pace, which is pretty dang quick! Granted, that was only for a quarter of a mile, but still!
I think I still have a lot of work to do to get used to the monotony of running again, but playing with the speed helped, and otherwise, I felt good. I think CrossFit has definitely helped with my strength and stamina; I was hardly winded when I finished. I also still need to figure out shoes, but I can continue to try breaking in the Hokas or wear my old Mirage 4s for a while yet, since I’m only training for 5ks right now. I’ve been consistently over budget for the last couple of months, so dropping $100+ dollars on new running shoes just isn’t in the cards right now.
So hey, how about that? A comeback. I’m hoping to reintegrate running into the routine from here on out, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and MAYBE a longish run on Saturdays once 9 to 5 is over. Now that Daylight Savings Time has kicked in and I have more daylight, running outside after work is much more doable.
Have you ever taken a long break from running? How did it feel to get back to it?