Written by Marshall Phares
Two weeks ago I ran a marathon. Since then, I have not run a step. That is correct, I am voluntarily taking fourteen days (or 336 hours, not that I’m counting) off from running. For the past two weeks, I have had minimal exercise, eaten poorly, and worked long hours. Yes, for the past two weeks, I have been a regular American…and I cannot stand it! It has been an agonizing experience to say the least. I’ve had two weeks away from my favorite pastime and closest friends. Additionally, when I do not run, I sleep very poorly, I feel lethargic and my thinking unclear.
So, why take hiatus for what some may consider an “excessive” stretch?
Well, my body and mind needed a break from running. In addition, I would rather take a voluntary break than a mandatory break due to injury (been there done that). Yes, in the short term I will lose fitness. I’m scared of the slow and painful first few runs and workouts. However, one of the keys to success in running is consistent and healthy training over the course of years. I firmly believe that this break will make me a better runner and person in the long term.
As a society, we are too focused on the here and now. Instant gratification, immediate results, and magic cures. However, it’s the long-term goals and the journey we take to achieve those goals that provides true satisfaction.
Yes, in my warped world, I’ve made a huge sacrifice the past two weeks; depriving myself of my favorite activity, to heal up to take on my next challenge. If anything, this break has reenergized me and I’m ready start running again!