Rest Day = the Best Day?

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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:

  1. 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).
  2. I’ve felt sore (at least one or more of my muscle groups) almost every day, since uh, I can remember.
  3. 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. πŸ˜›

So, here’s what I’m not going to do:

  1. Go for a run after work because I’m feeling guilty, even though my legs/buns are sandbags.
  2. 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!).
  3. 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.

77aac71b9561a360872b6a0443cfbd47I 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!

With warmth,
L

6 thoughts on “Rest Day = the Best Day?

  1. I’ve been doing a lot of weight training lately as I have big problems with my back and when I miss a day I tend to feel guilty – however, it’s vital to take time out. Sometimes I go to the gym and I feel so tired I can hardly lift the weight. I know when I’ve overdone it as I can’t sleep (because I am so sore) and then get annoyed with myself for not giving myself a break when I was having trouble. So it’s important to listen to your body. When I take a rest day I like to go for a walk and enjoy the scenery, in some ways it’s a reward as I don’t have to rush or have a fixed agenda. I tend to ‘not’ reward myself with food as I can over do it a bit and I’m trying to keep my diet stable. By this I mean eating something that’s ‘usually’ a bit fatty or full of sugar! My weaknesses…. Enjoy your rest day and remember you’ve worked hard for it!

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  2. Dearest Wegmans,

    I am so glad to hear you are listening to your body. I was forced into rest after I injured my back on Friday. It was difficult but I knew it was necessary. I rested Saturday, Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday, I avoided the spin bike but finally felt ready to do some upper body (and I killed it–55lb dumbbell press much! πŸ™‚ And today I did lower body and feel amazing. If I had not rested, I would not be where I am today. So I commend you and you are going to kill this half. BUT your Bills are going to lose to my Patriots Sunday so….heart you! πŸ™‚

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  3. I too sometimes fall into a feeling guilty pattern if I don’t go to the gym and I’m hard on myself when I need a rest day. But just know that its OK TO REST! You have been training your body for this half marathon for a while and maybe now its telling you that in order to keep you going this weekend all 13 miles I need a rest day to refuel and refocus. On my rest days I try to relax my body, maybe go for a relaxing stroll outside (just to keep the legs moving) and stretch, maybe even take a bath in epson salt to relax the muscles. I have to sometimes remind myself that even though I’m resting it doesn’t meet I’m going to fall back in any of my training…just sometimes my body says enough is enough! I agree with Sarah on her points….1. You are going to kill this 1/2 marathon and 2. The Bills are going to lose to the Pats this Sunday! Have a great day! : )

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  4. Get your rest, girl! Think of it as a training day – because you are going to be even more effective after you rest your weary bones. I think a spa day is in order. πŸ˜‰ In Seattle we have an amazing spa that has hot and cold pools, sauna, steam, body scrubs, and massages. Maybe something like this? Be compassionate with yourself, you deserve it. πŸ™‚

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