A Day of REST

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”

Etty Hillesum

view of Lake Tahoe

Today I decided I am going to be a bum– not forever, just the rest of the day. 🙂  I have already cleaned the house (including the windows!- a clean house is crucial to my ability to unwind!), put out all my fall decorations, and taken care of the dogs; so I think it’s time to RELAX.  Originally, my plan was to do a 20 mile run today- my last long run before the big day.  However, my body has been really beaten up; and I am just flat out exhausted.  Between the traveling, training, working, -and general sleep deprivation- I think I’ve pushed myself to the limit.  Recovery is as important as training, and it’s about time I took it more seriously.  I am tired of trying to push my body when everything hurts and it’s too tired to cooperate.

As important as logging mileage and building stamina is, I need a day of rest.  If I continue to push myself the way I’ve been doing, I am going to risk getting injured.  So although I intend on still going to boot camp tonight, and may even venture out for a short run- the rest of the day I am going to be a bum. My 20 miler will have to wait til the weekend. 🙂

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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4 comments

  1. Thanks for visiting my site yesterday. Sometimes rest is the best medicine. I’m a cross country runner 12 years removed and starting back up again and just hearing you putting in 20 miles is an accomplishment I can only dream of right now. Keep it up!

    Chris
    http://runthatway.wordpress.com

  2. I always love hearing that others runners rest. It is so hard for me to accept I need it, and as a result, in the past , I have seriously suffered from over training.

    Great inspiration!

    1. I struggle with allowing myself to rest too! It always makes me feel like a slacker, but it is a necessary evil. 😉 My body has a way of reminding me not to over do it! Good luck with your training!

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