1. I was doing really well with the run break until this week. I took most of the first week off and then last week (week two) I enjoyed starting swimming again and didn't mind pool running instead of land running. I certainly thought about running, but didn't feel any particular NEED to go running. But this week things changed. I have felt like I've had the worst taper brain ever. I've been cranky and I've had lots of weird aches and pains pop up. I also started counting down the days until Monday when I will run again. I clearly could go out and run today or this weekend, but I'm determined to make it through the 21 days run-free. I have no idea if these last few days will make any difference, but it's a challenge and I'm going to make it to the end.
2. Yesterday I didn't sleep well and just couldn't get myself out of bed to go to the pool before work. So I ended up swimming last night. I can't even remember when the last time was that I worked out in the evening. It was fine (and the pool wasn't as crowded as I feared it might be), but on the drive home all I could think about was having a giant bowl of cereal for dinner. The only other thing that seemed even mildly appealing was a bagel with peanut butter. That's right, apparently my body is so conditioned to exercising in the morning that all I want to eat after a workout is breakfast foods.
3. Last summer I really enjoyed swimming again, but still managed to abandon it during marathon training in the fall. I didn't swim once between Labor Day and mid-December. I can't let that happen again this spring once I get back into heavy run training. Not only do I have a relay to get ready for, but I also hope to do some other open water races this summer. And I really do like it, once I get myself back in the water on a semi-regular basis. So if I start talking about how I just can't seem to find the time or motivation to go swim or that I haven't been to the pool in over a week, please yell at me.
4. Every time it rains I remember that I need to find a good lightweight, breathable running rain jacket. The one that I have was advertised as a running jacket but is not breathable. Given how much it makes me sweat, I think I actually stay drier running the rain without it. I'll probably read a ton of reviews and try a bunch on, but if you have one that you love, please let me know!