I do my best to practice what I preach (not saying I always succeed). So when I started to notice that I wasn’t recovering as quickly and completely from my long runs, I decided it was time to dial it back before the niggles turned into injuries. This was a tough choice for me because I still have lots of projects/routes/races that I want to tackle! But the most important goal is to run in the mountains for many years to come. It’s been an awesome summer with some big fun runs, but it was time to take my off-season before my off-season takes me.
Of course, off-season really isn’t so bad. In fact, it’s kind of awesome. Lots of free time to spend with family and friends, a great excuse to check out short mellow trails, and a chance to do all those activities I don’t normally have the time or energy for when I’m running a lot.