And She Rests.

As you are reading this I am (hopefully!) busy resting.  I wrote this post last night and scheduled it to publish at 4:30 a.m., the time I’m normally getting ready to head out for my workout (or starting my workday, so that I can sneak out early and get my workout in).

After 2o days in a row of running, it’s time for a rest day.  This running “streak” is major for me.**  For those of you who have been stalking me following my blogs for years, you know that with all of my previous plans (and even when I’m not training) have incorporated at least one rest day a week.  I have been a big believer in rest days, for all the basic reasons that we all know – the muscles need to repair, your body needs a break, your mind needs a break, etc.

But with this plan, I’m kicking things up to another level to see how it works out for me on race day.  So for the most part there are only rest days randomly scheduled every couple of weeks.  And let me tell you, I’m going to totally soak up every minute of the rest days.  Catch up on some zzzz’s.  Try to fuel my body good.  Stretch.  Massage (if I can convince the husband).   And just recover recover recover.  (And, like I’ve said, if it ever feels like too much, I’m planning on backing off – taking an extra rest day here and there).

The funny thing is that right now my legs don’t feel beat up (which is really surprising considering that in the past 20 days I have put in 182.9 miles!  That’s 9.14 miles a day average!)  But I DO feel very very tired.  Like sleepy tired.  And mentally tired.  Only partially from the training.  The other stuff that is wearing me down is work and running the kids from baseball to track to confirmation to friend’s houses to school early etc.  (I’m NOT complaining, it’s all good; just tiring).

So I need a rest day to recharge.

**If you also didn’t know this about me, I am very anti-running streaks.  It completely bugs me when runners talk about being on their 187th day in a row of running.  Do they not have common sense?  Do they not know that they are asking for injury and burnout?  Do they really wonder why the races that they squeeze in on the 188th day of their amazing running streak end up being a total bust?  But I digress.

2 thoughts on “And She Rests.

  1. I love getting up early, so when I want to sleep in I KNOW I must really need it! I’m glad you are listening to your body and having such a great cycle!

    I agree about about streaks. I’ll have them, but they are NEVER EVER a goal of mine, they just happen. I know way too many people (but, hey if it is what they want out of running, if it’s their main goal, good for them!) who run just to keep a streak alive and then never have solid goal races.

    It’s all a matter of personal preference. I’m way too time/goal race oriented in my running right now to worry about those things. Maybe that will change someday?

  2. very interesting….rest days every couple of weeks. i’m the queen of rest days and take them all the time!

    i hate the running streaks too…plain stupid.

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