Did you hear the latest? I declared 2017 as my year for Focusing on FUN (more details HERE)! But that's not all....I have also deemed January as my Off-Season.
Why an off-season? And, why now?
Well, there are several reasons actually....
First of all, my body has earned it. Not only did I train for (and run) a late season marathon, but I also jumped right into a 40-day winter running streak...a mere four days after crossing the finish line. Granted, the timing for the Streak was less-than-ideal. Physically, my body didn't feel too beat-up (even with that lingering strained groin), but emotionally I was somewhat of a wreck and needed a coping mechanism to guide me through the aftermath of a frustrating race. I honored my recovery, and took things very easy. Most of my streak runs were simple 1-milers (up until the final two weeks), and even those longer runs were done at an easy pace. The Streak "officially" ended on January 1st, but I did run an extra mile on Monday (January 2nd) for my Never Miss a Monday ritual. Although most everything else (body and mind) feels recovered, the groin "issue" is still a bit of an..."issue." It doesn't hurt when I run, but (on occasion) I feel it pulling if I bend or twist (when I'm not in motion). Even though I don't think it's a "running" injury, I'm going to treat it as such and enjoy some downtime out of my running shoes.
Third, it's winter in Iowa, and I have a lot of cold weather (survival) projects to make. It's no secret I'm an art geek...and I love playing and creating with yarn. I learned how to knit and crochet when I was young (2nd grade?), and have been making stuff ever since. Recently, a friend sent me a pic of the "messy bun hat" or, as I prefer to call it, the "topless beanie." I got right to work and made one for a gift, and then another for myself. Currently, I have a third one in the works. Yes, this what I do when I'm not blogging (although I should be cleaning my house....).
How about YOU? Have you ever taken an off-season? Do you make resolutions for the new year, or do you prefer monthly/weekly goals instead?
I'm linking up with Meranda and Lacey and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0, and also with Deborah and CoCo for the Ultimate Coffee Date. I invite you to check out these wonderful hostesses' blogs, and take note of all the bloggers in the link-ups.