Learning to Rest

It was a quiet weekend around here. I like to be busy and on the go, and I'm not usually very good at relaxing...it stresses me out to sit and think about all the things I need to do instead of doing them...but this transitory period I'm in right now has actually been really good for me in that respect. I have no apartment to worry about cleaning (just a room), no one's laundry to do except my own, no household projects to work on, and it's been really nice.

Last week started off with me realizing, at 8am Monday morning, that I had left my wallet at a gas station 2 hours away on my drive back from home Sunday night (and then spending 4 hours round trip retrieving it). Definitely not the way I wanted to start my week. It really didn't get much better from there and by the time Friday rolled around, I was beat. I put my long run off until Sunday morning because I really needed a day to just...be. No running around (literally or figuratively), no deadlines, no agenda, just going with the flow. Switching up my training like that makes me feel pretty guilty and anxious, but when I woke up at 10am on Saturday morning instead of 5:30am, I was happy that I had given my body the rest it obviously needed. Sometimes I just need to make myself stop so I can recharge and that's exactly what I did.

This weekend involved a whole lot of nothing, the first time I've done that in...I can't even remember. I painted my nails (twice! Toes too!), I went to Starbucks, I watched documentaries, I blogged, I did yoga, I drank tea (I'm trying a skin detox one that I found at my natural foods store because I am really crunchy granola like that!), I read (...the same book I've been reading for over a month because I don't have the patience to read for more than like 10 minutes a week).

But I did do one REALLY big thing:


If you're a runner, you know the significance of the sub-2 half! Last year I ran 5 halfs in the 2:10-2:20 range, and for the last year and a half I just haven't been able to get over the 2:10 hump. Going sub-2 has been a one-day goal of mine for quite a while, but I was convinced it was going to take months of hard training after marathon season is over. I did not set out to do this yesterday (in fact, I only set out to run 12 miles), but it was one of those days where everything just clicked, and once I realized I was on track, there was no turning back (read my full thoughts on DailyMile). I don't like to count training runs as PR's so I'll wait to officially count it until I can do it in a race, but I'm ecstatic. I honestly don't know that I ever really believed I'd see a 1 instead of a 2 on the front of my HM time...I'm still having a hard time believing it. I've been really on the fence about whether or not I'm crazy for attempting to run my 3rd marathon in November, but this was such a confidence booster. I can't wait to see what I can do this fall in the half and full!

13 comments :

  1. What a bummer about the wallet!!! At least it was still there when you went back!

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  2. damn you go girl! my half marathon in 2012 was 2:04 I was so bummed I missed my goal by 4 minutes, but am training again for October and I really, really, really, really want to beat it lol. I hurt my back last week though, so I haven't run all week.

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  3. Nice work, Trace! I still can't believe that ANYONE can run that fast, but you go girl!!! :)

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  4. Gahhh the wallet travesty. Not a good start!

    Good for you for listening to your body and observing a flow day. I want to do a flow weekend soon. Like the whole weekend. I might be able to do that in two weeks.

    Great job on the sub-2 half!

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  5. Oh wow, the wallet event sounds like an awful way to start a week! Also, CONGRATS on the sub-2 half!!! That definitely just inspired me to get my butt out the door for a (much shorter and slower) run. You go, girl!

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  6. Ugh, sorry about that wallet thing, but it is SO nice that you got a couple of days to just be. Accepting the rest day is a challenge for pretty much every runner I know, but we have to force ourselves every once in a while. And it CLEARLY paid off! So, so awesome that you got that half under 2 hours — you're amazing! Revel in it, girl! :)

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  7. I don't even know what sub-2 means, but I'm thinking it means under 2 hours based on your post? haha I could be totally wrong, but whatever it means-- congrats on a great run! I'm so glad you got your wallet back even though that's a huge pain to have to drive so far to get it! And sometimes it's hard to just relax and enjoy downtime, but it sounds like you did a pretty good job this past weekend!

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  8. Arg sorry about the week!! :( But CONGRATS on your sub 2 hours!!! When I saw that on IG I was so excited for you :) Teach me your ways!!! :P

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  9. Go you ! Seems like that run was exactly what you needed after the week you had :) You go Glen Coco !

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  10. Go you!!!!!!! One, for listening to your body and giving it the rest you needed, and two- for KILLING 13.1 miles!!!!! In under two hrs?! You're my hero ;)

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  11. Man that stinks about the wallet! At least you got back, thank goodness for honest people.
    I need to take a do nothing weekend, I am like you and don't like just sitting around. When I do I think of all the things I should be doing instead.

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  12. Rest has been so on my radar lately too! great post!

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  13. I don't know what that is but looking at the amount of calories burnt, I'm super impressed!

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