You guys are seriously the best. Thank you so much for all of your kind and encouraging words on my post yesterday. It’s hard to know what decision is best sometimes, but I know God will take care of it. In the mean time, I’m going to continue to choose JOY and try not to let the stress of it all weigh me down.
I get a lot of questions regarding rest days.
Rest days are such a huge part of running, exercise, and fitness, and I think it’s something that many people underestimate. I used to rarely take rest days, and it killed me. My workouts were always sub-par, I was mentally drained, I was physically exhausted, and my body suffered. Let’s just say I was an awesome example of what NOT to do.
Now that I’m on the other side of it all, rest is something I’ve really prioritized, especially since training for my half marathon. Running is one of the most strenuous physical activities you can put on your body. Your joints, muscles, and overall energy take a huge hit when you’re regularly running lots of miles, so it’s crucial to take time to rest.
I typically take two rest days per week – lately it’s been Fridays and Sundays. This just works for me because I can have a day of rest the day before and the day after my long run. My body feels best this way. However, every once in awhile, I need an unplanned extra rest day.
Take yesterday for example. I woke up feeling low in energy, my hip was bothering me (grrr), and my head felt like it was starting to get congested. This past weekend was also a little more emotional than usual, so I was feeling mentally exhausted as well. Sometimes a run helps me mentally, but I decided what I ultimately needed was rest.
The biggest thing I’ve learned through my experience with fitness is that everyone is different. Just because someone else may regularly be able to run 10 miles on back-to-back days doesn’t mean that MY body can handle it. This is where listening to your body is KEY! So please, take the time to evaluate what your body needs and don’t feel one ounce of guilt about it if that means rest. In fact, feel PROUD that you’re doing your body a favor.
P.S. Totally forgot to announce the Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway winner yesterday. Click back to this post to see if it’s you! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are the winner.
How many rest days do you take per week?
How do you know when your body needs an extra rest day?
Do you ever feel guilty about taking rest days?
Is today a rest day or a workout day for you?