In fear of bad weather today, I moved my long run to yesterday. I got 15 miles in on the trails. I had already ran 50 miles last week. Adding another 15 miles in on top of a full week meant one thing:
I ran with a lot of aches and pains.
My legs were tired. My muscles hurt. BOTH of my feet were sore. My right Achilles tendon started to get sore. I was hurting.
Yet no matter how much I hurt, there was one thing I was dreading more.
I kept telling myself how awesome rest day would be. I would catch up on all the details I had let go for so long. My legs would get a lot of good rest. I would be rejuvenated for the next time I ran, and how awesome that run would feel. But no matter how hard I try, rest day always feels like this:
I lost a lot of weight not only by changing what I ate, but also by exercise. Whenever I don’t exercise, I feel like I will let gain weight back. And I don’t ever want to gain an ounce of that weight back.
Rest days are important days. If I were to keep running, I would be running towards injury. My runs would be less rewarding. I would be running the risk of getting depressed from bad runs. My body needs a rest day. And in order to let is shine on a great run, I need to stop looking at a rest day as an eclipse. Rest day is not taking away the shine from my body and running. Rest day is helping my body to shine for a great run day.
I made it through. I did not run today. I did not mentally break on anyone today from the stress of not exercising. I ate well. I got some, but not all of my work done. I got some rest in. And I am SUPER excited to get a good run in tomorrow. On the trails! Can’t wait!
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