Hey everyone! Quick post here: I’m still sick, and due to doing that Barre3 workout Monday I am SORE. That workout kills your thighs and my butt is seriously feeling it! Yesterday I was standing for 3 hours today at work and my left leg started to hurt so bad that I was unable to walk without pain (which made my sprint across the parking lot to my car in -19 weather really rough). So I came home, laid down on the couch with a massage pillow on my lower back, and did nothing all night. That’s right, I ignored that 4 mile run on my training plan and just crashed all night watching Dance Moms and catching up on blog reading. Now, clearly I am switching all my workout days around in that training plan to fit my schedule, but I’m not really due for a rest day until Friday. This, combined with the recently ended 35 day run streak and the realization that Disney Princess is 46 days away made me go a bit crazy. How can I afford to lay around watching moms fight with each other over their kids’ dance skills while there are other people out there running? And when last week I would have been one of them, just streaking away without a care in the world?
That’s when I realized 2 important pieces of wisdom that I’d like to share with you today:
1. Rest days are pretty important. Like, really really important. Too many rest days for no reason are a bad idea, but taking rest days when I’m sick, feeling sore, or both (like yesterday) is a good idea and will only help me feel better when I actually do lace up for my next run. Runner’s World of course has some fabulous articles about this to prove my point, including this article that states that taking 1 rest day per week will “prevent overuse injuries, restore glycogen stores, and prevent mental burnout”. I also loved this Runner’s World article, Time to Rest?, which basically answers the question “Should I run today?” by letting you tally up how many symptoms you have and based on your score it lets you know if a rest day is a good idea. For the record, I had 5 symptoms on there yesterday. Yeah, it was a rough day for my body and a rest day was definitely necessary. Although instead of completely taking the day off, I did spend some quality time with my foam roller and Foot Rubz which made my muscles feel a lot better. I haven’t really taken a rest day since before the streak, and it’s so weird to not be going for a run every day. I guess running is a tough habit to break!
Okay rest day, you’re kinda cool
2. Not everyone is at the same place in the running journey as I am. This is so hard for me to remember, especially now that I’m blogging about running. I see so many of you awesome ladies out there running when you’re tired, sick, or cold and I think that I should be doing it too. But maybe the person who is doing that stuff is much farther along in their running journey and can handle a little cold mixed in with some soreness and tiredness and still be fine to do 4 miles. I’m not there yet, and I have to respect what my body is telling me even if all I want to do is run. And honestly, I tried working out on Monday and while I loved the way I felt during and after the workout, I’m so tired and sick now that I couldn’t imagine doing that again yesterday. Which is a shame, because there were 2 Dance Moms episodes on yesterday, aka the best treadmill running entertainment ever. Oh well, there will be more Dance Moms next Tuesday night, so now I have something to look forward to!
Vivi was always my favorite because she literally did not care about anything her crazy mom did! Bring back Vivi-Anne!
Hopefully I’ll be feeling back to normal by tonight so that I can fit in those 4 miles that I skipped yesterday! I know that I still have a lot of time left until Disney Princess, so in the mean time you should all tell me stories about how awesome it is so I can start getting excited about it! My training plan has me stopping at 10 miles in training (although I’m moving weeks around due to races and a small taper at the end), have you ever done a training plan that did that? How did it work out? Share your wisdom with me!
Bonus wisdom for all my Dance Moms fans out there: I wish I had found this last night!
Do you run when you’re sick? Any half marathon advice, especially Disney Princess? And who watched Dance Moms last night?