May Training Recap: Running and Rest

Running and rest could really be the title of any training recap, I guess. In May, I decided I needed some time off. It was getting harder and harder for me to want to run, which is usually a red flag. I’ve been running consistently for over 6 months with no major issues or hiccups, so I needed rest.  Usually, I have time off after a race or because I had a small issue or injury. Neither has really happened. You can also follow me on Strava if that’s your thing.

Miles Run: 289
Days Off: 7
Longest Run: 14.2 miles
Shortest Run: 3 miles
Range of Paces: 6:07-18:50-untimed

Thoughts:

In May, I realized I was starting to burn out and needed a break. Instead of trying to force anything, I opted to rest in the middle of the month. Honestly, it was exactly what I needed. I ran once and swam once that week, and it was ideal. I was able to reset and not send myself into a full burnout. Now I’m feeling much more motivated to train again.

A few reasons for my recent motivation: a short week away from the running, trying to run in new places, and races starting to pop up again.

In California, we have several half marathons in the summer. I’m looking forward to training for road races and see where my fitness is. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy trail races, but road races excite me more.

Also, as most people are aware, I am in the process of moving 400 miles south to Edwards Air Force Base. Is it Southern California? I’m not sure, but it’s 90 minutes from LA, 2.5 hours from both San Diego and Las Vegas. It’s the same distance move from New Jersey to North Carolina, which seems crazier!

We knew moving fairly soon after getting to Napa would be a possibility. I am proud of my spouse for pursuing his dream into the Air Force Test Pilot Program.

As far as running, it will be fun to find new routes. Edwards is in the high desert, which means it’s about 2000 feet above sea level. It gets to be 110, but the mornings are usually cooler. There will be plenty of desert trails to run including the PCT. 

So What’s Next Training Wise?! 

This summer, I plan to start training for road races. As road races begin to *finally* pop up in California, I want to see where I’m at fitness-wise. I honestly have no idea. My only inclinations are the 1:29.47 half marathon I ran alone in Napa. So I guess anything faster than that will be good with me. My ultimate goal is to get back to the shape where I ran a 1:22.

Posts from the Month:

Shoe Reviews:
New Balance Fuelcell Rebel 2 Shoe Review
adidas Ultraboost 21 Shoe Review
Hoka Speedgoat 4 Shoe Review
Saucony Peregrine 11 ST Shoe Review

Gear and Product Reviews:
Four Sigmatic Instant Coffee Review
Naked Nutrition Nakedade Review
Apple Watch 3 Series Review
Building Strength with the Future App

Blog Posts:
May is Mental Health Month
The Moment I Realized I was a Type B Personality
2021 Updated List of Running Podcasts to Listen Too
How to Gain Your Confidence Back After a Running Setback

Questions for you:
How was your month of training?
What is next for you? Have races opened up?