Similar to most other weeks, last week Sunday was a day off from running for me. Typically, we call this a “rest day”. While that is true, I’ve been trying to think of it more as a “recovery day”. Whats the difference? Typically when we think of rest, it involves doing very little- maybe sleeping in, laying on the couch all day, and taking a mental break from working out, too. It’s certainly important to rest, but it’s also important to recover.
The difference here is that I tried to make my focus on recovery (hydration, foam rolling, light stretching/yoga, eating well, moving around to keep my muscles from getting tight…) while also getting a physical and mental break from running. It’s not a huge difference in the way the day may look, but this slight shift in mindset may make a difference in how we feel on our next run. In the past I noticed that I always felt very tired on my rest days, and it was tough to get into the groove on my next run.
Anyway, that was just a tangent related to the title of this post, but the real topic for today is food!
I “slept in” until 6:30 on Sunday morning and then grabbed a banana to eat while thinking about what I wanted for breakfast.
I ended up making an egg scramble with spinach and sweet potatoes, a side of bacon, along with one of these soft and chewy protein granola bars. Plus coffee.
After breakfast I put together the crock pot meal that we would be having for dinner that night. Then I foam rolled and did an easy 20 minute yoga video to help loosen up some of my tight muscles. Next up was an epsom salt bath- very relaxing plus helps with recovery- win/win!
We headed out to Fresh Market to get a few items for the week and something for lunch. I went with chicken noodle soup and ate it with some cheddar cheese and crackers on the side.
Then I spent a few hours “resting” by laying on the couch doing blog stuff. Honestly I am really bad at sitting still so after 2 hours I had reached my limit!
I went for a walk while listening to a Run To The Top podcast.
When I got back I needed something to snack on so made some trail mix: almonds, peanuts, cashews, raisins, and a few chocolate chips.
Then it was time to “hydrate”. (Don’t worry, I was drinking water all day long and continued to do so even with the beer.) I also threw on a new pair of compression socks after my walk.
Dinner was a crock pot meal: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies. It was my first time making this recipe and it was easy and good- I would definitely make it again!
The best meal of the day was dessert. We got this Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip gelato from Fresh Market.
A perfect way to finish off the weekend and prepare for the week ahead!
Do you use days off from running as “rest days” or “recovery days” (or a little bit of both)?
When you’re not hydrating with water what do you like to drink?
Favorite gelato flavor?