Wednesday, December 9, 2015

RELAX

If you've read some of my previous blogs, you may know where I'm going with this one.

We are fortunate that there are more opportunities for us to race at more race distances than ever before. On any given weekend, most of us have a choice of several races that are probably located pretty close to home.

But, with all due respect to the Santa, Jingle Bell, and Frosty events out there, now is the time to relax and give it a rest.

We all want to race our best each time we toe the starting line. In order to do so, every once in a while, we need to give our weary running bodies a rest and allow ourselves to heal.

There's no better time than right now!

It's the Holiday season. A time to decorate, go to parties, visit with friends, and even overindulge on occasion.

So, here you are at an enjoyable Christmas Party, but you're worried about standing on your feet, wolfing down that slice of pumpkin pie, having a beer, or staying out too late because you're registered for the Santa's Reindeer Jingle Bell Rock Snowflake 5K tomorrow.

Stay at the party, sleep in, decorate the house, then go for a training run at your leisure.

My formula has always been to rest from races for about four to six weeks around the Holidays.

Relax, take in a lot of football, read a good, inspirational book or two (of course I have perfect suggestion. Just visit www.muldowneyrunning.net), and appreciate the Holiday season for what it is: a time for family and friends, and a time of renewal.

After your self-imposed rest period, you can list those goals for the new year, and set out to achieve them, rested and refreshed.

Relax and pause the race button for a time. You'll race better when you do.