It has been just over a week since my last race and I have done exactly jack shit in terms of exercise since then. This, people, is why I have to race every month.
The last race was by far the toughest one I’ve ever done in terms of what it did to my body during and after. I got blisters on the balls of my feet (so, FYI, balls of your feet are important for things. Things like walking. Ouch), I was sore and aching from the waist down. The day of the race I could barely walk. My husband had to help me up the stairs to our bedroom. It was bad. The day after the race I was still lurching more than walking and was still so sore that there was no conceivable way I would exercise.
But by Monday of last week I was probably able to at least do a moderate walk or maybe a yoga video. But I didn’t. And then Monday led to Tuesday and Wednesday and now I’m 9 days out from the race and haven’t laced up my running shoes once.
I hate how easy it is to lose momentum. I feel like it takes weeks and weeks for me to develop a regular routine of training and just a few days of resting to snowball into a week or more of slacking.
I, not coincidentally, haven’t signed up for a race for this month yet. I’ve been thinking about a turkey trot but I don’t know where we are going to be for Thanksgiving yet. I’ve heard rumours of a Masters swim meet next weekend at the college where I work but since it has been weeks since I’ve been to the pool I don’t know if I’ve already missed sign-ups or not.
I think I need to get some races on the calendar to help get me moving again.
How do you get going again after a break (planned or not) from working out or training?