If there’s one thing I’m good at when it comes to running, it’s mixing things up and taking chances. It’s funny, too, because I am not a risk taker by nature. Then again, how risky is it to chance things with running?
So my latest experiment was to give myself permission to do whatever amount of swimming, biking and running I felt like last week following Iron Girl. No set plans or goals, with the one exception of my long run. The timing of this was perfect because it was my kids’ final week of summer, so I was able to enjoy my time with them without the pressure of fitting in x number of miles in any of the sports.
How did it all shake out? I got in two short swims (nothing longer than about 1,800), two sessions on the bike trainer and none outside, and ran five times, all in the range of four to seven miles, with the exception of the long run. Everything was at an easy pace.
The results? I felt really good for my Saturday long run. There could have been a million reasons for this, but I definitely think allowing my body this down time gave me nice fresh legs for that run. I’m also feeling good this week (with the exception of my slow “speed” session yesterday but that’s another issue) and enjoying the training.
For me, this approach worked really well. I enjoyed the little bit of activity I did do, but never felt guilt for not doing more. It also served as a mental break, which for me is important after races. I think I’ve found my new post-race plan, which is actually more of an unplan. I’ll be doing it all again in mid-September right after my next sprint tri.
How do you approach your first post-race week? Ever switch it up?