Today was supposed to be my last run before my race.
I didn’t go for that run.
I actually rolled back over and went back to sleep for another hour.
Then when I woke up I felt guilty. Like, really guilty. Then I thought – when was my last rest day?
….. I literally can’t remember. I think it was in August. Seriously.
My glutes are more sore than I’d like four days out from my race, and I have been feeling very tired – no wonder, really, if I can’t remember the last time I had a day off. I feel like I’m edging pretty close to the fine line between training and overtraining, and it’s time I slowed my roll for a hot minute. I’ve had a lot of red flags:
- Despite getting a fairly solid 8 – 9 hours of sleep a night, I’m feeling pretty exhausted, all the time. So much so that I was worried I was coming down with something (also, my allergies have been horrendous, so that’s not really helping either). I’m also ready to go to sleep every night at approximately 8 pm (even though I normally go to bed at Grandma Hour of about 9:30 pm, 8 pm is a liiiiiittle early, even for Granny Booyah over here).
- I’ve felt sore (at least one or more of my muscle groups) almost every day, since uh, I can remember.
- I’m starting to feel a little burnt out (not so good when you’re 4 days away from a big race). 😦
All of these red flags are pointing toward Rest Day. It’s really hard for me, since I’m very stubborn and I like to really challenge myself, to accept that I need to take a day off from training every now and then. I always feel so fantastic after my workout, I use that as a motivational tool to get me out of bed even when I’m not feeling it, so I often push myself a little farther than I should. I’m a bad rester! I need some Rest Day Rehab. 😛
So, here’s what I’m not going to do:
- Go for a run after work because I’m feeling guilty, even though my legs/buns are sandbags.
- Go to a 90 minute hot vinyasa class because I can (and will) convince myself that “stretching” is all I need (but let’s face it: 90 minutes of vinyasa is not just stretching, it’s hard work!).
- Go to a bootcamp class at the gym after work because I’m feeling guilty.
K now that I’ve put those out there in the universe, I am going to have to hold myself to them.
Instead, I’m going to go for a mellow walk at lunch, enjoy my protein filled breakfast smoothie, drink lots of water, eat lots of delicious things and have a hot date with my foam roller later tonight (aka vacuum my living room rug, too, since those two activities come hand in hand), and maybe do some gentle yoga stretching (I may have to call in for reinforcements and ask my yoga instructor girlfriend Rachel for some tips).
So now, I’m turning to you, my gentle readers/Booyah family: what do YOU do for rest day? How do you cope if you’re in need of Rest Day Rehab like me? How do you recover on your rest days? I’ll take all the advice I can get.
I know #GratiTuesday has come and gone, but this quote really spoke to me. It is a stellar idea to stop every now and then and be thankful of all that your body does for you – it is definitely worth taking a moment to allow yourself to rest and recover.
I hope you guys have a peaceful and restful hump day!