For some runners, it can be quite challenging to take a rest day. We like to run, and we want to run as much as possible!
The problem with rest days
Ok, so I didn’t run on my rest day yesterday, but for some reason this week it was extra hard to rest.
Usually I take Sundays as my rest day, and it ends up being a very lazy day overall. We go grocery shopping in the morning, do a little meal prep for the upcoming week, and then do pretty much nothing for the rest of the day. Over the last few weeks, I have been running on Sunday when the weather is cooperating, so that I can take a rest day if there is snow/ice during the week. While this has been working well, I am also realizing how tired I feel on days I don’t run.
I usually only drink 1 cup of coffee each morning. Yesterday I needed 3, and was still tired. I decided to do some super easy yoga in the morning, and foam rolled in the evening, but no other physical activity. (Besides walking around at work). I even slept in (until 6am!) but was still exhausted all day. Hopefully my body was just working really hard to repair itself and get ready for more miles!
A nice reminder about taking rest days was included in this article in Runner’s World: How to Injure Yourself like a Pro
Luckily today I was back to running, although the weather was not ideal.
I thought that by March we would be done with the freezing cold, ice, and snow. However, it looks like we have a few more weeks of winter to get through.