But I think when all is said and done, I will come out of this a stronger runner and a stronger person.
I needed this flexibility and strength training more than I realized. I never knew it was so important, and now that is a lesson I will keep with me. I simply must make time for yoga and stretching and strengthening exercises.
My body needs a break from constantly pushing forward to more and more distance. Since I started running 3 years ago, I have constantly been adding more distance to my training. I have never had a significant plateau time. This year, I was in heavy training from April until October. My body needs rest - maybe more rest than other people, and maybe more rest that I would prefer. My body needs an off-season. I'm not sure that I would have done that on my own. .
Most importantly, though, I
And my knees won't hurt! ;)