Can You Have an “Off” Day without a Training Schedule?

I decided that today would be my off day, even though, as I have no schedule, technically every day is an off day.

I have a ton of miscellaneous things to get done during the day and then this evening, the boy is having friends over to spend the night while the girls and I will be watching “Project Runway.”

Yesterday was a lovely chat run with Cathy, followed by weights at the Townlake YMCA. They’re replaced the old weight machines with new, jazzy ones and there’s a bit of a learning curve for me…thank goodness for Crabby Old Jaws, who very kindly acts as my personal trainer. There were some giggles over user-error on my part on one machine while COJ looked like a beast on another.

On Monday, I ran approximately 10 miles in my neighborhood. I hadn’t planned on running that but the opportunity was there and I hadn’t run “long” over the weekend since I was garage sale-ing on Saturday (it was fun to sit out on the driveway at my sister-in-law’s house and watch all the runners go by but that doesn’t help me get ready for New York City Marathon).

My run was interesting; I enjoyed it immensely but I felt sluggish and heavy and was sure that I was plodding along. I was doing my usual long route over here, the one that I did whenever I needed to bust out a convenient long run on my own. I was surprised to see when I got back that I’d run it some 10–13 minutes faster than when I did it during Ironman training.

That just goes to show how tired those legs were during those IM weekends.

I’m really happy to be back to the running;  I didn’t get my fix during IM. And I am a runner at heart, a runner who also does triathlons.

I’d like to get in a swim but I have to replace my bathing suit first–the chlorine at the Northwest YMCA pool has literally eaten through it, and when I went to check out the T3 swim the other day, it began to disintegrate before my eyes!

Oh my.

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

0 thoughts on “Can You Have an “Off” Day without a Training Schedule?

  1. ahem

    \”the chlorine at the NW Y has literally eaten through it, and when I went to check out the T3 swim the other day it began to disintegrate before my eyes! Oh my.\”

    pics or it didn\’t happen 😛

    1. Re: ahem

      I have a witness!! Coeur d\’Claire was there and said, \”Oh, my–you need a new suit!\”

      I have no excuse now for not swimming as I just got 2 new Speedo suits at Academy for a steal.

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