What I did today:
- Drove home from school for Christmas break
- Took a long nap
- Gathered anything I might need (computer, charger, books, snacks) and created a pillow nest. Did not leave the pillow nest for hours.
Rest day to the max! My right achilles is still a little sore, so this is my vow to take four days off running. I have no problem taking today off, guilt-free, but committing to rest days is usually my downfall.
Why is it hard to embrace rest days? It seems that the more natural response is to feel guilty for skipping a workout instead of accepting I need a break. Sometimes I need to remind myself of the truth about rest days:
- Our bodies appreciate them. Rest days help prevent overuse injuries by letting our muscles recover.
- Our minds appreciate them. Burnout is less likely when we switch up routine and give ourselves breaks.
- They help us focus on a balanced lifestyle. Since life is much more than running and fitness, devote the “extra time” to something else!
- A rest day is not a lost day of training. Fitness will be improved, not worsened, by the recovery day.