Happy Friday and welcome to the new Friday 5, where we share a quick Friday post that takes 5 or less minutes to read! So today, I’m going to be sharing the reasons why I am taking this week off from running. Last week I mentioned this as one way to “spring clean” you’re running, and I decided to give it a try! Luckily, I am not injured! But that’s not the only reason to take a week off of running. Let’s discuss.
1. The weather
I’ve been complaining about the weather for months, so I figured now would be a good time to take a break before it warmed up. I am hoping I will really enjoy running outside once spring arrives! (However, after I decided to take the week off, I saw that the weather at the end of the week will be warm. I hope to get outside anyway!)
2. In a running rut
My run last Saturday was so “blah”. I have felt like my motivation just hasn’t been there lately so there’s no reason forcing a run if I’m just not feeling it.
3. Strength training
I figure this is a good time to focus on strength training as well as cross training and even yoga. It feels like there is never enough time to do everything I want to do!
4. Busy week
This has been a busy and somewhat stressful week so it’s nice to have a little more time on my hands. I’ve been getting into work a little earlier so it feels good to knock some things out early. I also feel like work stress + running stress = too much stress. Our bodies can’t differentiate between stress, so something has to give!
5. It’s been awhile since I took a week off of running!
I haven’t taken a break from running since I was injured last summer! I think I started running again in August which means the last time I took more than maybe 3-4 days off was 8 months ago. It’s time for a little break!
While I do miss it, it’s been kind of nice to focus on other things this week. I think I needed both a mental and physical break. Hopefully I can start up again on Monday feeling strong and refreshed!
Have you ever take a break from running for any of these reasons?
When was the last time you took a week off of running?