When I’m Not Running

by Katie on June 6, 2013

I made it almost 4 days of ZERO activity.  a funny thing to say, because my days are pretty non stop.  so “zero activity” in my world means “I did not run any miles”.  However, the laundry, dishes, cleaning, parenting, cooking, trying to keep up with approximately 587 end of year activities for the kids – those things don’t ever take a break.  running does.  unfortunately.  it’s kind of cruel.  I am on day 4 of no running, per my post race instructions from the coach…to which I gladly obliged…even though I am not sore or achy or feeling like I am about to lose a limb or break my back.  I still need to take a little break.

Day 1:

This is so nice!  I’m not going to do one single thing that remotely resembles a workout.  let’s take a shower…first thing in the morning!


look.  I have real clothes in my closet.  and I remember how to use a brush.

{this was actually last week.  I had to go to a meeting with the hubs.  word on the street is that gym wear is not appropriate for adult meetings.  that needs to change}

let’s eat some froyo!


{kids x 3 might be THE BEST excuse to eat frozen yogurt on a regular basis.  that is, if you need an excuse.  borrow a child.  have a froyo}

Day 2:

rest is good.  rest is necessary.  enjoying a little down time is great.  but let’s just do a few pullups to make sure the muscles are still functioning

and let’s also use the time that would be spent running, to run errands without a car full of children!  that is very exciting.  truthfully, it is.

target.  a time and money trap.

Day 3:

hmmmm.  why am I feeling a little cranky?  oh, I know.  I ran a less than stellar race and then followed it up with (a very necessary) two days off.  onto day 3!  instead of me running, I got to watch the little kidlings run around at field day.


apparently field day is akin to the christmas of elementary school, because my girls were up, dressed and ready to play a mean game of tug ‘o war by 5:15am.  3 hours of “when is time for school”.  fun.  long morning.  did I mention I didn’t run?  I got to chase the two of them around the field all morning.  that was fun.  two kids, two different places all morning, both begging me to watch them.  I have yet to figure out how to be in two places at once.  I need a body double.

so how about some more froyo??  winning.


{forcing my kids to eat froyo with me.  they look delighted, no?}

I’ve also had a bit more time to experiment with cooking.  ok, I made one new recipe.  I’ve been in a complete cooking rut lately.  so I checked out No Meat Athlete to get some inspiration.

I found THIS recipe

it was good

My requirements for this dish – vegan/gluten free and no soy.  and no fakenondairycheeseproduct




The only sub I would make next time is no swiss chard and I would sautee some baby bellas and sundried tomatoes to add in.  mouth watering

I also have been diligently consuming my morning shake/smoothie/salad in a blender/drink your veggies.  I really do enjoy starting the day that way


this particular day, I added in frozen cherries from whole foods and frozen raspberries.  along with my standard kale, avocado, vega performance protein and unsweetened almond milk.  it will fill you right up!

Day 4:

missing my running


For the love of endorphins, get this girl some sweat.  Give them to me NOW!  I’m going to run.  I’m not going to run.  I’ll just do a little run.  ok, I’ll take another day off.  That would be a “running smart” move.  if I’m looking at the big picture of my running life and not just the here and now, then resting now is good.  4 days off from doing absolutely nothing would have stepped into the realm of being an overachieving “rester” and I don’t need to go there.  so I compromised and got in touch with some Jillian Shed and Shred.  wearing my running sneakers.  I always love the time I have to do other activities when I take a little break from running.  love me a good strength circuit.


happy non runner.  no run.  little jillian.  sufficient amount of sweat to keep me happy until tomorrow morning.  when apparently we are getting a monsoon and a ridiculous amount of rain.  should be a fun run.

I’ve got two weeks in total, from the half marathon forward, of rest/easy/low mileage running

One training cycle has ended.  and another will start.

When I come back, I am certain I will be slow.  I will feel sluggish.  I will feel like I lost a lot of fitness.  I will look at the road ahead and it will seem long.  longer than before.  but I’ve been down it before.  and all of this is a good thing.  I will get fast.  faster than before.  I will get strong.  stronger than before.  I will gain the fitness back.  more fitness than I had.  all because I took time to let my body regroup and refocus.



How often do you take an extended down time from any activity?

What is your crosstraining of choice?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura June 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I usually take a week or 2 every 6 months depending on race schedule. I’m sure I should do it more, but for the last few years this schedule has worked for me and kept me from completely burning out.

I hadn’t heard that about the yellow line, I am totally going to try that next time I race!


Anissa Angelosante June 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I usually only take an extended time off from running if I am injured or traveling and it is an inconvenience for everyone else. I typically have to force myself to take takes off or cross train. Today was one of those days where I really needed a day off, and what was really no fun is that the weather was beautiful, so it made me a little sad. However, my cross training of choice is usually the stair-master or spin.
I have heard such good things about the brooks pure line of shoes. I may have to hang up my asics and give them a try.


KC June 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

My activity of choice for cross training is biking. I inherited a sweet ride from my bro-in-law who likes “bigger and better” but has a hard time with stick-to-it = nice exercise stuff for me! I love to bike because I can still feel like I am getting somewhere! I take days off rarely~should think about scheduling those!


Clif Leonhardt June 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Katie, I am glad to hear you took some days off, even if instructions from the coach were required to get you to do it. Your post captures the obsessiveness of running, that all runners feel, in a very charming way. My extended down time is usually when I am travelling. For example, I am off to London on June 22nd for eight days. My crossing training of choice is early morning “boot camp” at the gym or tennis.
Don’t worry, you will have more endorphins soon! Your kids are adorable and the food looks yummy. Clif


stephanie June 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Taking days off in a row for recovery is such an interesting time. You have time to do all the things that you don’t get to when you are putting in the miles, yet you are missing favorite activity, escape, endorphin fix, problem solving time, alone time, jamming to your tunes time, clearing your head time, putting one foot in front of the other type of making progress time.

It’s a brave thing to take time off!


Gracie (Complicated Day) June 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Enjoy the time off and enjoy tomorrow’s run. I do circuits when I’m off running, too. I bulk up quickly so I’ll do maybe 2 days of circuits and look like Hercules.


Kalli June 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm

One word: spinning. Love love love it! Almost as much as running.


Kristen @ Happy Running Mama June 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm

So nice to hear I’m not the only one on a mandatory rest period this week! I just ran the second of my back-to-back marathons and am taking a full week of rest before hitting the road again. I’m catching up on blog posts (two posts in two days for the first time EVER), running lots of errands, doing loads of laundry and eating like I’m still in training. Ooops.

That froyo sure looks good!!! Reading about you chasing your kids around reminds me how much I’m not looking forward to summer break… ;)


kendra @ kennygump June 7, 2013 at 12:22 am

4 days look at you! sadly i am still not running due to my heel. arg. so i am going on 4+ weeks. i have been getting creative though and my new love is the stair climber (i crank that thing up and do tabata on it) and cycling indoors and out. with all this midwest rain, mostly in. but hey peddling is peddling.


Kristin June 7, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I love how you run on the yellow line! Most time I take off is usually after a marathon. This last one I did no running for 5 whole days!!! I actually needed it this last time. I think I’m still feeling sluggish. :(.


Corrie Anne June 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

Good for you taking the time off! And I think you’ve convinced me to have some kids so I can eat more fro-yo!


Kelly June 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I’m on forced hiatus right now and it’s…interesting. Not sure how I ever fit training in and not sure what to do with my free time.


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