Last year was a big year. Lots of big accomplishments, lots of strides made (literally and figuratively) in my running life, lots of awards, lots of miles, lots of PRs. Lots of things. I love looking back on it.
It was fantastic.
It was pure.
It was exactly what I wanted out of my 2011.
And it completely drained me.
How do you follow up a performance like last year? I know I can, and I know I will, but in the throes of a full-on burnout it's quite difficult to imagine. And almost as equally as exhausting!
But, I'm pulling out of it. I feel like I will be back in love with running very soon. I just needed to retreat for a short bit and just stop thinking about it all. Rather than fighting my loss of mojo and the burnout this time I just let it run its course. Sometimes that's all you can do to make it through with sanity intact. I feel remarkably sane considering my seven mile week last week :)
I also let a bout of the flu run its course. I'm quite lucky, though. My version of the flu is considerably less crappy than most others who've experienced it, thanks to all that running and good health otherwise. So I can't whine too much, but I sure am glad to crave food, and sunlight, and the smell of brand new running shoes again!
It was only a week of darkness, but it was a very long week. I called the time of death on my running streak on January 22nd after a particularly awful long run that morning, and claimed a 25 day streak as my very own. A pretty hefty achievement considering my usual streak lasts, at most, six days. My body was ready for a rest as I had run it pretty ragged, and that's probably how I came down with the flu. Live, learn, blahblahblah :)
So tomorrow I will attempt to pull myself out of this sophomore slump of sorts and get moving again. Maybe I'll love it, maybe I'll take some more time off. No sense in getting too crazy just yet. Though we do have all sorts of ass to kick come late April, at Zane Grey. But I feel very confident in my ability to be ready for that :)
Oh, I have another blog! I've kept it kind of quiet the last several months and didn't do much with it, until recently. I decided to make that a space to post tasty vittles I concoct in la cucina de Dunmore, among other non-running related tid-bits. Check it out if you like, or don't :) But I think you may enjoy it as a nice change of pace:
The Back Paige
I shall now get back to conquering the world and start dreaming up which shoes to lace up for tomorrow's run (I've got a couple new ones to choose from!).