Living Unstructured and Loving It
One of the best parts of the offseason for a track and field athlete is living without that day-to-day structure that you have during the season.
I don’t have to live on a structured planned out schedule for these few months. My time is my own. I’m able to eat and sleep whenever I want to. I can take a nap. I can stay up late and sleep in. It’s pretty nice. Some days I’ll just lay around for a few hours catching up on TV shows that I missed while I was traveling during the season. I’m just going to enjoy it.
I went on a little trip to Miami last week with a few of my friends. We just wanted to go and relax out there on the beach to kind of unwind. I also have another trip coming up to Mexico with some other friends and training partners. It’s just a few ways to relax and enjoy life.
There are only a few months here where I don’t have to get up and go train every day, and break down my body. So I’ve been doing a lot of chilling out and resting. This rest period is very important for a track and field athlete. I’ve been going for massages just to work the muscles and help them refresh.
The time off has also given me a chance to do things around the house, like some fall cleaning to get rid of some stuff and run errands. I’ve been going through pictures we took last Christmas and I’m just now getting the chance to hang them up.
It’s actually nice to be able to do some of those little tedious things that take time out of your day.
It’s time that, during the season, I don’t have because when you’re training you have to balance it out with rest and can’t be doing too much running around. There’s always something you have to do in regard to training or the season that’s more important.
The time off is nice, but after a while, you do start to miss training. It’s been such a big part of my life for so long. Training to me is like brushing my teeth every day. That’s how it honestly feels. It becomes a habit. So I’ll find myself sitting around and feel like I need to be doing something or I need to go on a run or get back to training. I have to remind myself to just take advantage of this time because it will be over before I know it.
Bobby has us start at different times every year, but I’ll probably start around the beginning of November and I’m excited because I’m probably going to be running some indoor races before the outdoor season starts. As long as my body is feeling right and I feel like I can go out there and be competitive, then I’m definitely going to do it.