For the first time in a long time, I don't have a single race on my calendar. Training for the Cocoa Beach Half was pretty tough and I didn't want to make anything official until the race was over. I was eyeing the 20k medal for Run Nona, but that will not be mine (this year at least).
For once in my life, my lack of planning is good. So that foot pain I had during the Cocoa Beach Half...I had my foot looked at earlier in the week and the doctor thinks it is a stress fracture. That means no running for 4 to 6 weeks but I can do just about anything else as long as it is low impact and doesn't cause pain.
I gave myself this week off after the race. (Now this week "off" includes two visits to Disney, chasing a toddler and trick-or treat, but it is still a week off.) I don't remember the last time I did that, so it is nice to have a little scheduling freedom. That said, I am getting very very antsy. (Exercise is my therapy.)
While I am disappointed about not running, this does give me the opportunity to change up my routine a little bit. This training cycle I have been better about strength and flexibility, but I am still not great. I am a cardio junkie, so it is hard to give that up. (It makes no sense, but I would rather run for 3 hours than spend 30 minutes in the weight room.)
Now is the time to suck it up and really start strength training. I am still not sure what plan I am going to use, but I am looking for something that has me lifting 2 or 3 days a week. Hopefully, I can turn some of that strength into speed when I get back to running.
If you have any good strength training plans, please send them my way.