This week I started my new part-time job and my internship. My week started with some car troubles due to bitter cold temperatures but improved as the week progressed. I took two consecutive days off from running and only was able to reach a 19.5 mile week (and over half of these miles were ran on Saturday and Sunday). This low number frightens me but I need to recognize that this was a crazy, hectic, and exhausting week. I need to accept the fact that this was a rough week of training. Between my internship and new job I had four consecutive 13 hour days in which I was out of my house from 7:30AM until 8:30PM. I was eating dinner at 9 o’clock at night and I barely had the energy to even do a 10-minute core workout. I didn’t run on Monday or Tuesday due to car troubles and my new schedule. Thursday morning I ran at 6AM. I was anxious to get to the weekend to log some miles even though a blizzard was about to drop over a foot of snow on my house.
Although I am disappointed I didn’t get to run on Monday or Tuesday I am accepting that these days were rest days. I know a lot of runners who believe in “run streaks” and training 7 days per week, 365 days per year. I am not one of these runners. I know runners who are okay with logging miles on the treadmill. I am not one of these runners either. I know runners who are ok with trudging through a foot of snow for 12 miles just to get in their modified long run. I am not one of these runners.
I enjoyed my Saturday and Sunday run even though I was running on a trail with over 12 inches of snow on it. I got to see beautiful snow-covered trees and picturesque white fields. I got to spend time outside and got a good workout from adjusting and readjusting my stride with every step. I love a good challenge and this weekend’s runs definitely worked muscles I never even knew I had.
I would like to say I am okay with only logging 19.5 miles this week. I’m not okay with but I have to accept it. I can’t reverse time and go back and run 5 miles last Monday. I must only focus on the present and the future. It’s okay to take a rest day when your car doesn’t cooperate. It’s okay to take a rest day if there’s 12 inches of snow on the ground and you can’t get in your scheduled long run. There’s always tomorrow or the next day or the next. It’s okay to take a rest day and it’s okay to modify whatever training plan you’re following.
After a crazy week of new beginnings, I’ve become more appreciative of every run I am able to go on. Somedays my schedule literally only allots 30 minutes of running time. And for those 30 minutes, I appreciate the run. I’m grateful for those 30 minutes where I can do something I love to do. It’s okay to take a break from running when life gets too overwhelming. But next time you get out on the trails or the snow-covered sidewalk, don’t forget to be grateful for the run – every mile is a gift.