I have been a touch absent from my blog this week. I don't have a great reason, but I do have an-it's-easy-to-understand reason: our desktop computer died.
And why is this a valid excuse (for me)? Well, have you have tried to type something longwinded on an iPad? In itself this is not a terrible task, unless you want to navigate inside said longwinded blog post! Enough excuses.
I have also been a touch absent from my running this week as well. I don't have a great excuse either, but I think I had a valid reason to take a little break. My double runs last Tuesday left my right knee feeling a little inflamed, and when I ran on Thursday morning it began to ache after 1.5 miles. I switched to walking to give my knee a break. I ended up taking Saturday off due to scheduling conflicts, and I feel that this extra rest may have been good for my knee.
I have always been warned by more experienced runners to be cautious with injury and I really do not want to risk an injury this year! I think it is very hard for most runners (myself included) to take a break and not feel like you are being lazy. I know as well as the next guy that the minute I start writing excuses for myself, I can start writing one each time I don't want to get out of bed when my alarm goes off at 4:50am. I do, however, have a 3.5 year history of getting out there and running every week rain, snow or shine. That track record keeps me in it for the long haul, I have built my running up for so long. I don't want to take an extended break and have to start all over again!
That being said, sometimes a break of a couple of days does do me some good. It breaks up the monotony of the alarm going off so early and gets me ready to do it again.