You put in the time.
You put in the miles.
You ran a bazillion races throughout the year…
and now your racing season is over.
If you are anything like me, you get into a rhythm with running and racing…
and once that rhythm is interrupted, you feel.. well, lost.
The cold season is traditionally a “down” time for training and racing.
In my opinion, it’s definitely not the best time of year to train…
It’s freaking cold and the sun is only out while most of us are at work.
Aside from the occasional Turkey Trot or Jingle Bell Run there really aren’t any races to run…
So what in the heck should you do?
First and foremost, take some time off!
Every runner should take at least one or two weeks off after their “peak” race (or the race that’s most important to you) and marathon runners should take up to six weeks.
Our bodies and our minds definitely need time to rest and recover after a long season of training.
Second, get active during your downtime and cross-train!
Go for a hike, hit the pool or find an open bike, elliptical or stair master at your local gym.
This is a great way to give the body a much needed break from all of the pavement pounding done during the year.
Lastly, focus on strength training, and stretching!
During the regular season, strength training and stretching can take a back burner in your daily routine, so now is the time to shift your attention back to fundamentals.
Try some yoga, do some squats, or get a foam roller.
Take advantage of this much needed break!
You have earned it.