I would not have chosen to take a break from running for quite as long as I have been forced to do by my body. Nevertheless the reality is that I have had a huge, mammoth, physical, but more importantly mental, break from the sport. I am restless and hungry to pursue my goals for 2015. Unfortunately for me, I'm being forced to wait this injury out. The bright side of course is you can reengage with other elements and hobbies in your life that have been squeezed out by the high volume consistency that competitive running demands. I can come home from work in the rain, and not have to brace myself mentally for a wet 11 mile puddle fest. I can take the time to experiment in the kitchen, try my hand at beading, painting and actually being able to read enough for pleasure that I can finish a book with the beginning chapters still fresh in my mind. Yes, there are advantages to not training. I would not trade all of these things for the joy that running provides me, but it looks as if for the mean time I have no choice.
Since I have nothing new to report in my running life, I thought I might include some photos from the places that Haley and I have trammeled over the last year and a half. These photos include Seattle, Redwood National Park, Yosemite, Mt Bachelor, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (Nevada), Three Sisters Wilderness Area and Badlands National Park. Stunning.