Operation: Sloth Week

Hey, friends—how’s it going?  First, thanks for your kind comments on my previous post.  Although that half-marathon went from really good to really bad in a matter of seconds, I probably spoke too soon when I swore off the distance.

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Shout out to my mom for the picture.  Even though my stomach was down for the count, it looks like my form is somewhat decent, ha.

I will not let 13.1 miles get the best of me!  But before I make a rash decision and sign up for another race, I’ve been taking advantage of some much needed downtime—which I’ve deemed Operation: Sloth Week.

The premise is simple: no training, no exercising, and eating whatever I want.

Let’s start with eating because that’s easy.  My dad is visiting this week, so we’ve been enjoying meals out.  As you saw on Sunday, we hit up Madison Square Eats, and on Monday, we went to a neighborhood favorite, Markt, a Belgian restaurant.

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Boo for poor lighting.

This meal isn’t incredibly slothy: red snapper with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.  Unpictured, however, are two glasses of wine and coffee heath bar ice cream.

Tuesday evening, we went to see Kinky Boots on Broadway.

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It won the 2013 Tony for Best Musical, and it was a great show!  Plus, how can any form of entertainment that centers on shoes (shoes, shoes, shoes, OMG, shoes) be a bad thing?  We grabbed some pizza after, and I inhaled it so quickly that I forgot “proper blogger technique” and didn’t take a picture.

It’s also highly possible I had pizza for lunch yesterday.

We also had a store meeting last night, and since I’m working on being a real person, the 8:30 p.m. start time didn’t phase me as much as it would’ve last week.  And no swimming at 5:45 a.m. this morning meant I could actually have a beer.  I know—I’m going crazy.

So yeah, the food has been great, but honestly, not working out has been challenging.  I relished in doing absolutely nothing Monday and Tuesday, but I really wanted to run yesterday.  And today. (Victoria, you were so right; it’s Thursday, and I’m dying to do something!) On the bright side, I have an outreach “meeting” tomorrow morning at a cycling studio, and the instructor invited me to try out her class. (Have I mentioned how much I love my job?) So slothing—in terms of not exercising—will end shortly.

One aspect of Sloth Week I didn’t anticipate included how going from regular training to absolutely nothing would affect me mentally.  Monday was OK because it seemed like a normal rest day, but by Tuesday, I felt ancy; I didn’t have as much energy, I didn’t feel sharp mentally, and I basically didn’t feel like myself.  And I’ve also felt like a poser this week at the store.  I mean, when customers ask how often you run, what do you say?  ‘Usually four times a week except when I’m being a sloth’ doesn’t sound legit.

Anyway, yes, I’ve taken advantage of this unstructured downtime, but I’m definitely ready to start sprinkling in some swimming, biking, running, and strength training again.

How often to you take a break from training and/or exercising?  How does working out affect you mentally?

11 responses to “Operation: Sloth Week

  1. Yep. 3 days is about the limit for a consistently-training endurance athlete.

  2. I think “sloth week” should be an official thing because I love it.

    • Great idea, right? My teammates and I did something similar after our college basketball season ended–basically going out every night and “having fun” to our hearts’ content. 😉 Everyone needs downtime!

  3. Oh, no! I’m so sorry to hear that the half didn’t go more smoothly. I’m glad to hear that you will (eventually) get back onto that 13.1 mile horse, though 🙂

    I think that Sloth Weeks (proper noun!) are totally necessary. I believe that your body really gets to heal and recover in ways that aren’t possible in a 24 hour window, especially with how intensely you train. Plus, the antsy-ness that you’re feeling now will make you that fresher when you’re back on!

    • Exactly–I will definitely appreciate swimming, biking, and running more after having time away from it. And it’s important to recover physically of course, but this break has been good mentally, too–sleeping in, not worrying about going to bed early, etc. Although, full disclosure, I’m definitely ready to start working out again; four days was a long time to go without exercise! 🙂

  4. I cannot wait honestly for my sloth week after the marathon. I just want to sit there and be as lazy as possible LOL. I have a feeling we will be similar though and that I’ll be dying to workout again by Thursday or Friday. Glad you are taking this all well though and 2014 is going to be a powerful season for you!

    • Oh, friend, you *so* deserve a sloth week. Actually, double the distance (26.2 vs. 13.1) means double the slothness, so you’re probably good for two weeks of slothness … if you can last that long. 😉 I made it four days, lol.

  5. Looks like you are enjoying some much deserved rest. You earned it after your race season! Kinky Boots looks like a fun show-I’m on the look out for the shows we’re going to go see next month while we’re there!

  6. I’m so glad you are enjoying sloth week! We don’t take many breaks, but take it easier in November/December.

    Now. There is a half marathon in February, in Hampton, New Hampshire if you want to come tackle that distance again 😉 We’ll be there, plus tons of other fun people!

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