The past few days, I have felt tired and worn out.
Last night, I posted my training update. If you read it, you know that I had a couple runs that I just wasn’t feeling it.
Yesterday morning, I was planning to run 12 400’s at 5k pace. I went to bed Sunday already dreading this workout and wondering if I should do it. My leg was hurting and I just didn’t feel good. And in the back of my mind I knew it wasn’t a good idea.
So when my alarm went off on Monday morning, I hit snooze. Then I hit snooze again. And finally, I turned the thing off and went back to sleep.
Very rarely do I sleep through a run, especially when it is a hard workout that I know I won’t be able to make up later in the day. But this time around, I just could not get up. I swear that if someone told me that there was $1000 waiting at that track I would’ve still turned off the alarm.
Normally I would feel guilty and lazy all day for skipping my run. But this time it was different.
My body is tired. And the aches and the pains were screaming at me to take a day off, so I listened.
Sometimes these rest days are just as important to us as the speed workouts are. When training for a race we put our bodies through so much, and it is only fair to give it a little rest sometimes. I tell people all the time to listen to their bodies, and finally I decided to practice what I preach! I probably should’ve done this last week when I knew things were off, but I was just too
crazy dedicated to the training plan allow it.
Hopefully this missed day gets me back on track and prepared to face my last week of training before taper starts!!
Are you good at listening to your body? Or are you like me and struggle with the guilt of taking a day off?