As it turns out in the last two weeks, in my "time out" I have had time to think about what I have done and what I would do differently going forward. Here goes:
1. I will listen to my body. If I am tired, I will rest. If I am not feeling "right" I will check it out.
2. I will take rest days seriously. Before, rest meant don't run. I always swam or biked or played tennis instead. I can't tell you how many times I played tennis after having run 10+ miles. I will learn to embrace rest. I will learn to put my feet up on the couch and immerse myself in re-runs of Flipping Out or the Food Network.
3. I will admit that even though I have an exercise addiction, burning myself out or pushing myself too hard may result in a permanent "time out". A little time off now may save me a lot of time off later.
4. I am doing this for myself. For fun. For the challenge. It would be nice to be able to continue this for years to come :)
OK, now that I have admitted my sins, can I run now?