Updated: Jan 20, 2022
Towards the end of the year, we approach the time when things are getting colder, races are becoming more scarce, competitive seasons are ending, and the desire to train is harder to find...and that's okay! This rings true especially now, during these early winter months of the year, as it’s also been BITTERLY COLD!
Setting time aside to rest and recover is perfectly fine during a winter season, as continually trying to become better year after year without a break can ultimately lead to detraining, chronic fatigue, decreased performance, and increased risk for injury. This is not only true in the off-season but also during training periods and even into competitive seasons (if the competitive season is an extended one).
If you are currently dealing with some issues regarding continuing your training, know that you are not alone. Understand that it is completely normal as not everybody can maintain (and probably shouldn't) a constant activity level throughout the year. It is also normal to not to feel like yourself after a long active competitive season (regardless of how competitive you are). This is why there is an off season in the first place. Rest. Recover. Rejuvenate.
If you haven't yet read my last blog about training with intention and being able to reflect on the past year, please take a few minutes to read HERE before continuing. You may also learn something about common running mechanic faults as well!
As a first question, you may be asking, "If I am supposed to be taking a break from training during this time, do I just not do anything? Or should I be doing something?" My simple answer to this is "YES." You can definitely do one or the other, or even both.
Taking off a week or two to completely separate yourself from training altogether can be a great way to mentally