Today’s post is less informational and more like a cry for help.
I have been running regularly since September 2012. Until last week, that is. Last week a sinus infection coupled with below freezing temps kept me indoors (no treadmill). I know I could have just bundled up extra well and muscled through the sinus infection (I had no below-the-neck symptoms, so it wouldn’t have hurt anything), but I just wasn’t feeling up to snuff, so I gave myself permission to take a break.
My problem (and I have this problem frequently) is that once I “gave myself permission” to heal, my brain decided that “permission” also included when I was a little tired, or when it was a little foggy out. I ran the weekend after my sinus infection, but I haven’t put on my running shoes since Sunday.
Does anyone else have this problem? How do you retrain your brain to understand that taking a few days off does not mean taking the rest of your life off? I know why I feel inclined to skip my run during the week; I spend the whole time thinking about the dishes in the sink or the dog nails that need to be trimmed. On the weekend I have the whole day to do those things, so it’s easier for me to relax. The question is: how do I combat this ennui?
For the record, I’ve been keeping up with my yoga/pilates/cross training, so I have gotten some exercise, but I am running a 10k in March, and I would like to whittle my time down to an hour, so I need to be running!
I’d love to hear if anyone has a solution for me,
PS I am running this weekend, rain or shine.