So...I'm taking two weeks completely off any kind of workout except what I'm supposed to do for PT. I'm about 55 hours in so far and I haven't pulled even one hair out! In fact, I actually have a very good attitude about it.
I remember the first year I did the Cotton Row 10K, I had been told early on in the 12 weeks of training prior to the race that I should take a couple of weeks off. I didn't. Instead I limped through the weekly runs and then limped through the 6.2 miles on race day. After I took the time off, I came back stronger than before. (It's kind of funny to me now to go back and read that race re-cap. The "I-don't-know-if-I-can-run-a-10K" me had no idea I'd be training for an Iron Man just three short years later!) So I'm going to take the advice I give to others so freely: "don't be afraid to rest".
I'm not going to lie...the thought has crossed my mind, more than once, that maybe I just can't do "it" (what "it" is varies..."it" is whatever seems hard to me at the time). But I've gotten much better at self-coaching out of that dark place. I can do "it" but "it" might not look like someone else thinks it should or the way I thought it would. Two weeks is not a lifetime....and it's already down to 12 days!!
I'm not giving up...I'm just starting over. ((But I won't be starting from square one!!)
|--F. Scott Fitzgerald|