I just wanted to check in with a quick update to say things are finally settling back to normal. My big races are over and I am looking forward to sharing the Wilderness Traverse adventure race recap on Friday!
Things are great around here but since my accident, nothing has been normal. My muscles were pretty damaged in the collision and then I did two consecutive 24 hour events over the following weekends.
I would never have done either one if it was the beginning of my season or I was leading up to an A race. These were just challenges that I wanted to do and I was truly pushing my body to the limit with both. Because I didn’t give my muscles time to heal, I have some pretty aggressive IT band complaining going on which is to be expected. I am going 2-3 times a week to physiotherapy and trying to get back to eating right and sleeping enough. I have taken about a month long hiatus from proper self care with lots of off season fun, I have been dealing with a crushing work load at my job and have had too little training and recovery.
The result? I have lost a lot of weight in muscle mass, I had a cold that lasted about 3 weeks and I felt completely depleted. I knew I was pushing my body to the limit but it is frustrating and alarming to not have the regular vitality and strength I am used to.
For that reason, my coach and I decided to take me off a formal training plan for the moment and just allow me to exercise based on feel. For Thanksgiving day, I went on a 10 KM hike and just enjoyed the gorgeous Canadian fall weather. I have added some more strength work back in my routine to gain back some muscle mass.
The main take away from this past fall for me is that when something happens to derail your training, to completely adjust your expectations. I have a number of fun races this fall, but all of them are well within my training capabilities and all have zero pressure attached to them.
My next race is Scotiabank half marathon this weekend where I will be pacing some of my friends. I have ran the full before but this is my first time running the half.
I have enjoyed a mini off season but I am looking forward to adding some training back into my life for maintenance.
Do you take an off-season?
What is your next race?