I have no problem handing out advice to running friends when they are dealing with injury or illness.
"Take a week off if you need it. In the end, it probably won't hurt your training,but make you stronger. If you don't do it now it might turn into something where you need several weeks to recover from."
Famous words. So easy to say, but so hard to follow!
I have been fighting off a nasty bug for a few weeks. Took an unscheduled rest day last week- by stacking my week early on with high miles...
Then I hit it hard on Sunday.
- Great run.
- God gave me a glorious window to run 17 miles with 12 at my Vdot Marathon pace. I might be paying for it a bit now.
At some point you just have to ask yourself:
- Will running right now help me toward my goal, or hurt me?
- If I continue trying to push the envelope right now, is it going to be worth it?
Anyhow, I am putting on my blog so I can celebrate my small victory over hard-headedness this week! Celebrate with me!! I am not the same Raina I was a year ago.
If I only finish the week with 22 miles, but feel 100% better, it will be TOTALLY worth it. [Sidenote: this might be a bit of me convincing myself here :) ]
So if you miss me out on the road- Fear Not. I am sleeping in.
|We took an afternoon trip to the coast Sunday. The weather was BEAUTIFUL and we were all too infectious for church! Photo by Nathan|
|Budding castle designer.|
|Slightly bent out of shape he was forbidden to search for hermit crabs in the water..|
|Cool kite- wind was not too high that day. Photo by Matthew.|
|Fort designers, Nathan and Levi|
|Oops! Not sure how that made it in :)|
|Someone at the beach has a serious addiction.|
|We stopped at the Dean Creek elk reserve and Jon snapped this photo.|
Have a great week!
Is it easy for you to take rest days?
How do you decide when is the right time to take unscheduled time off, or reduce mileage?