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The Meaning of Downtime

Welcome to the new site!!  If you have a chance, take a moment to look around 🙂


Brent and I have had an ongoing debate this past week: what makes an off-season an off-season?

For him, the off-season means shutting down completely after nationals.  It means weekends and evenings filled with reading and house projects and nintendo wii.  It means walking in the woods with the dogs and biking around marathon courses to cheer on yours truly and occasionally knocking out some pushups and core workouts.  It means giving his body a chance to repair itself.

For me, the off-season is about choices.  It’s about meeting a friend for a leisurely trip to the gym to catch up on life, and sitting in front of the television watching cheesy romantic comedies.  It’s about doing core work because I want to and not running intervals because I have to.  It’s about an easy ten-miler on a brisk Saturday morning with a friend, because I choose to run ten miles and not five or fifteen.  Sure, it’s about giving my body a chance to repair itself, but more importantly, it’s about giving my psyche a break from the rigors of training.

Halfway through yesterday’s brisk ten miler with Denise and the Ambler Area Running Club.


We may tease each other about our off-season routines, but the truth is, both serve their intended purposes.

And come January, we’ll both be rested and repaired and ready to go – on whatever adventures await in 2011.


6 responses to “The Meaning of Downtime

  1. denise November 29, 2010 at 11:22 am

    new site is so fancy!! i like, no love, the banner pic!! and that i’m linked as a “friend.” woo hoo!!!

  2. Staci November 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for the info! I just put the first one on hold at the library 🙂

  3. Heather Eats Almond Butter November 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    New site looks great, and I think I’d like a mix of your ideas of “off season”. An evening of reading followed by a leisurely trip to the gym the next morning with a friend sounds quite perfect. 🙂

    • Abby November 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Heather! I agree with you there – I spent most of yesterday curled up with a great book, and loved every moment 🙂 Only problem is that I finished it – now I have to figure out what to read next!

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