I feel like I’ve been taking a lot of rest days recently, so with my most recent shoulder tweaking I asked myself “What would Adam do?” Adam wouldn’t take a rest day; he would take off the whole week (if not longer). Adam would give his body a chance to get back to 100% before attempting to punish it any further. However, Adam is not neurotic, so we’ll see how long I can pull this off.
Every time I get the itch to exercise I just remind myself of how long I’ll be down if I keep pushing and really injure myself. Hopefully my shoulder and knee will both be good as new soon. In the meantime I am going to have to find another way to de-stress that doesn’t involve snacking or spending money (retail therapy!).
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”
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. 🙂