And, the heat and humidity is here in full force. I don't know whether it's just the weather, or that plus the addition of some life stress, but I've felt pretty run down the past few days. Sluggish, non-perky, cranky, mild headache, sleeping a lot more than my norm. All indications that I need to focus a bit more on recovery, because apparently I'm not recovering enough. First rule of training - if you think you're in a hole, don't dig harder.
So that's the plan for this coming week. I felt lousy for a lot of this weekend (though oddly enough, fine before my race on Sunday), and so preemptively decided to take this coming Monday as a sick day to sleep a ton, eat a lot, and lie on my couch. I felt a lot better by midday today, indicating that this was the right choice.
I'm supposed to race on Thursday, but I'll make a decision that morning as to whether I'll race it, run it as a workout (what I'm leaning towards), or skip and just play cheerleader. And then after that, I'll probably take a break from racing for a bit. I think part of why I'm so run down is just the fact that I've been racing about 3-4 times a month since mid-April. Most of my races have been very short, but I think the frequent racing has still burned me out a bit mentally, and it's time to refresh.