Rest & Recovery

Duathlon Nationals was the end of my 2013 racing season, I was SO ready for some time off! Coach Jen and I decided that I would take off the month of November from training and get back into it in December. The past 2 years I’ve taken longer than that, but I don’t feel the need for it this year, plus it’s just too much time for me.

What have I been up to for the last few weeks?? I’ve slept a lot, eaten even more (I’ve gone hard on some chocolate), stayed relatively active with some easy workouts to keep me moving, and just embraced the offseason. I know I’ve done the offseason right when I was excited to get back at it this morning and feeling a little “clunky.” šŸ˜‰

Here are some highlights of the last few weeksā€¦

Pedicures with my niece...
Pedicures with my niece…
NEVER enough time with this girl <3
NEVER enough time with this girl <3
 Some really good foodā€¦
Some really good foodā€¦ Chili with a side of meatā€¦don’t you judge me šŸ˜‰
 Do yourself a favor and try one. Thank me later.
Do yourself a favor and try one. Thank me later.
 Some self care in the form of Gua Sha, cupping, and acupunctureā€¦
Some self care in the form of Gua Sha, cupping, and acupunctureā€¦

Marks are from Gua Sha and cupping, not acupuncture. And yeah, I know it looks awful but it feels AMAZING! Google it. Go see Kyla Boles at Urban Acupuncture, she’s crazy good.
http://www.urbanacupuncturechicago.com

A Turkey Day 5k
A Turkey Day 5k

5ks always hurt, but when you’re not in your best shape they hurt REAL bad. Truth.

And last but not least, my new toyā€¦

bike

A Trek 2014 Crockett! I need to get back into training if for no other reason than it stops me from shopping. But, I LOVE IT!! Cross is on my 2014 racing schedule anyway, so why not get some time on it this winter? Yep, that’s my reason and I’m sticking to it šŸ˜‰

There you have it, my offseason. It is honestly just as important as key training months in my opinion. It was fun, relaxing, and just what I needed to fuel me for 2014ā€¦time to get moving!