Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Running Hiatus

I just finished up week one of my running hiatus!  At the suggestion of my Team in Training running coach, I am taking a six week running hiatus.  I have been running for over two year, at least three times a week.  Lately, I have been getting lots of running related aches and pains--sore knees, sore feet, sore hips...I feel like an old lady!  I was telling my coach about this at the last long run before the Nike Women's Half, and I
told her I was thinking about taking a break from running.  She told me she thought it was a great idea.  We agreed on six weeks.

My running hiatus is not a complete exercise hiatus!  Instead of hitting the treadmill and running around the track four to five times a week, I tried out some stuff I have not done in a long time.  I did a few workouts on the elliptical.  My speed on the elliptical was much faster than the treadmill--is that normal?  I also went back to spin class and yoga.

My TNT team before the Nike half! 
Is my running hiatus working?  I am really not sure.  Mentally, it has been wonderful!  I forgot how much I enjoy a good, exhausting spin class with friends.  I forgot how much I like to do elliptical.  I am still not a huge fan of yoga, but the variety has been really nice.  I am still feeling sore though.  I guess after one week,
the hiatus has done wonders for me mentally, but I think its to soon to call it physically.  I tell you, it feels great to have the freedom to wake up and do what ever work out I want to!  But I do feel a bit jealous when I see a girl running down the road...

Have you ever taken a planned running hiatus?  How did it work out for you?

A dream is a wish...



  1. I hate running in the heat, so I usually take off July and August. Doesn't mean I never run, it just means I run when I feel like it and for how long I feel like. Instead, I take the bike out and go for miles a different way. When September comes back around I feel better about getting back into a routine with running. I feel ready for whatever races I have scheduled over the next 8-10 months.

  2. I had to take a running hiatus but it was due to a broken pelvis...have done a week long one though! Blessings

    Shannon at I Survived and Now I Run

  3. I took a hiatus last year when I had ITBand issues. It wasn't fun but worth it in the end. Best of luck to you!! :0)

  4. It's smart to listen to your body. In time, you'll be better than ever and back in the game!

  5. I always take a break after the Princess. I typically stop running until sometime in April. It just gives me a chance to recharge and let things heal. Last year I took a break in late summer when I did Insanity right before I started the next round of Princess training.

  6. I took a "mini" hiatus last week. ZERO running or activity...I've been having knee problems and I needed to completely rest to allow my body to heal. This was my first week back and I only ran a few miles.
    I always, always say I need to add in more cross training because when I do I love it! Somehow it's difficult for me to "back away from the road slowly"...I'm always running!
    Hope you are enjoying your hiatus, it's well deserved! :)