Good afternoon! I am really struggling to stay awake… and unfortunately, today is the day I start a night-time part-time job position. More on that tomorrow!
But first, let’s recap the Running Hiatus. When I started the Running Hiatus on April 12, I wrote that the purpose of the hiatus was to heal my knee injury, give myself a break from training, and ease up on exercising to accommodate a busier schedule. Taking a break was a huge challenge for me, since I use running as a way to cope with stress and relax. The hiatus also initially cause me to have a minor freak-out about gaining weight, because I was still so hungry but burning less calories. Plus, I suffered from severe running jealously when I saw strangers running! 🙂
All in all, I think the hiatus was a great thing to do once I got over the initial shock of not running. My metabolism slowed down in the second week, and I was able to adjust my eating accordingly. When combined with my new cardio workouts and doing more strength training, I actually ended up losing a few pounds!
Plus, my knees feel significantly better. On April 26, I noticed that I was not "planning" how I was going to stand up or sit down like I used to do when my knees were really bad (I had to literally plan the best way to lower/raise my body to minimize pain). My knees still making a funny popping noise, but its a lot less severe. I didn’t expect my condition to be "cured," but the improvement I’ve experienced is great!
I never realized how HARD running is on my body. I think I just adjusted to being sore all the time and accepted it as part of my normal lie. It felt GREAT not to wake up in the morning with stiff legs! :)
The best part about the hiatus was learning to love bicycling and swimming. I’m really excited for the Metric Century and Triathlon that I’m currently training for. After putting myself into the "runner box" for so long, its fun and challenging to try something new!
Don’t get me wrong — I missed running more than you could ever imagine! I missed the sweaty satisfaction of a long run. I missed the convenience of being about to just lace up my sneakers and go. I missed listening to music while pounding out some speedwork. Running is truly my exercise love!
I’m going to try to re-integrate running back into my schedule, but at a much lower weekly mileage than before. There is no reason that I need to run 20 – 25 miles a week. I’m going to start off by running a maximum of 3 miles a week and see if I can work up to 10 or less. I do plan to run another 15K and Half Marathon in the Fall, but I don’t need to be "race ready" all the time.
All in all, the hiatus was an awesome learning experience, and I’m glad I forced myself to do it. Now… bring on the Metric Century and Triathlon! I can’t wait to COMPETE again! 🙂
On to lunch….
Sorry that baked tofu, brown rice, and broc has made a lunchtime appearance about 20 times in the last month! I can’t help it; baked tofu is my favorite (plus, the broc and tofu were about to go off).
Con cashews! Mmmmm!
In terms of diet and exercise, what has been your biggest learning moment? I think the running hiatus has definitely transformed the way I look at fitness!
Man that tofu looks tasty! And congrats on finishing and learning from the running hiatus. As for me, I am hoping my current half marathon training is my best training learning experience. 🙂