I haven’t been running this week (hence why I haven’t written a post in a week), and although I would love to say I have a really good reason as to why I haven’t gone for a run, I would say that the biggest reason why I because I’ve just been pretty darn lazy. It’s pretty sad that Managed to get my butt up and out of bed in South Carolina, while attending a conference, and now that I’m back home I haven’t been able to make the time for myself to go running.
Here are a few of the excuses I’ve used this past week…
1) When I returned from SC I found out that my dad had been hospitalized while I was gone (yes, this one actually is a valid excuse). He has heart arrhythmia, and while up in New Hampshire on an island, he started having problems and had to be brought to the mainland by an ambulatory boat. Since my mom has been up in Maine trying to get the last details of my sister’s wedding finalized, I’ve been “babysitting” him after I get out of work (he’s no longer in the hospital).
2) I’ve been having my own set of problems: exhaustion set in immediately after I returned back home to Massachusetts, and I have literally had no energy whatsoever.
3) I’ve been suffering from a bad case of vertigo this past week. I’m pretty sure that if I can’t walk in a straight line due to dizziness I probably shouldn’t attempt running. I’m pretty sure this is from a combination of allergies, exhaustion and being on a plane (I have some problems with my equilibrium from time to time).
4) I have been a ravenous fool this past week and have been thinking more about food than running.
5) I’ve worked 70 hours this past week and haven’t been able to find the time to go running.
6) In conjunction with the last bullet point, I’ve been too lazy to get my butt out of bed early enough to get it out of the way.
Some of these points are actually pretty valid, but I am kind of bumming that I’ve set myself a week backwards in regards to my marathon training. However, I am trying to tell myself that I’ll probably be even stronger (and well-rested) when I return to running (I’m giving in a try today, even though I’m still a little dizzy), and less susceptible to injury now that I’ve had a week’s worth of rest. I guess it’s kind of like tapering right before a race, although I didn’t run for six days straight.
Have you ever skipped a week’s worth of running in the middle of training for a race?