No Race, No Cry
Hi guys! Happy Friday
I’ve been training clients all morning, and just now got a chance to sit down. Well, actually, I had about an hour in between clients this morning, but I chose to get in my own workout instead of blogging. Yesterday I did strength training, so today I did some HIIT work:
It’s completely done in 30 minutes, but will leave you red faced and sweaty! Just how HIIT workouts should. However…this isn’t technically a HIIT workout by definition. So maybe we should call it an interval workout, now that I think about it!
So today I want to discuss a topic I haven’t talked about in quite a while: running.
Before I even began this blog, way back in early 2009, I started the couch 2 5k program. This lead to my first 5k race, and opened up my love for running and racing. That year, and the following year, I raninasmanyracesasIcould. Then, the next year (2011) I noticed I wasn’t as gung ho. I only ran in a total of about 5 races last year (including my most favorite race – the Chicago Rock ‘n Roll Half and the annual Frank Lloyd Wright that’s begun to be a tradition with my girl, Kim.)
This year? I haven’t signed up for a one. Yet, at least. I possibly want to run a 5K sometime this summer as well as maybe running a half marathon.
Do you see where I’m going with this? Yeah, I’m not as gung ho about races this year. I could say that I burn myself out a couple summers ago, or maybe I’m just cheap and don’t want to pay a bunch of money to wake up super early to run a race. However, the fact of the matter is, I just don’t want to train for them.
I’m having so much fun running for, well, fun! There’s no pressure to log a certain amount of runs per week or x number of miles a day, and I’m loving it. I’m loving choosing spin for cardio if I feel like it. Or doing a fun HIIT workout instead of my scheduled 5 mile tempo run. I’m enjoying not being a slave to a schedule and tied down to rigor in my exercise. Please. I get enough of that at work, right?
And who knows? Maybe next month I’ll get the itch again and start following a training plan. But for now, I’ll just continue on with my fun interval treadmill runs, and nice-day outdoor runs
Have a happy Friday, everyone! I’ve got a little bit more work left, and then I’m getting a MUCH needed massage. It’s been at least a year since my last one. I’m so excited!!!
Runners: are you training for a race right now? Have you ever had to take a break from racing?