Spring is here! It’s the most wonderful time of the year; way better than winter (unless you live in a place where skiing or snowboarding is a daily activity)! Just the thought of better weather had me lacing up my running shoes and waiting impatiently by the door for an opportunity to knock a few miles out…I know I can run in the winter, but I’m a fair weather runner && not a big fan of the treadmill. So it’s been a while.
I am beginning to think of winter as my off season from training. Because my job is physically demanding, it’s important (as I’ve learned through trial and lots of error) to make time to rest off the bike. Initially when the new year started, I had big plans to train all winter and follow a strength program, but my body had different plans for me. Most recently, I was down and out for a few days, but before that I was just trying to keep my head above water and not fall victim to the flu and sinus infections. So, I listened to my body and didn’t train beyond a few work outs over the course of the winter months in an effort to recover and come back strong and ready in the spring. And here we are; spring is springing and I am back to training && I couldn’t be more excited for the months to come!
In building a routine for myself, I’ve been doing 2-3 workouts per week in addition to taking 1 SoulCycle class and of course, teaching my SoulCycle schedule and it feels really good! Building my strength back up, working in some new movements, trying new instructors and coaches && learning so much – it really feels like my training season has just begun.
I went on my first run since running the Philadelphia Marathon and my body felt awesome; no injuries, no fatigue, no “I don’t want to be doing this right now”, just pure running bliss. The weather was beautiful and I could have gone on for what feels like forever, but it was my first day back out on the road and 5 miles was exactly what I needed. It’s so refreshing to come back after a few months off and really WANT to be training and WANT to be working and WANT to get stronger and better.
As they say, hindsight is 20/20 and I know better now than ever before that my body needs a chance to recover && I’ll do my best to give it the time it needs – but mostly in the winter months because…spring, then summer, then fall. Looking ahead, I will be running the Brooklyn half marathon in May and am in search of a fall destination marathon (it seems my luck in the NYC marathon lottery didn’t improve this year). Lots of training runs to look forward to, lots of improvements to make, lots of strength to gain && lots of lessons to be learned! Happy spring training!