Posted in Life lessons, Training

An Unplanned Rest Day

Last night around dinner time I began to get an uneasy feeling. My throat was beginning to get sore, pressure was building in my sinuses and my body was starting to ache. And of course as this is happening the first thought through my head was:

“I hope I feel better in the morning, because I would hate to miss tomorrow’s workout”

Why is that the first thought that crosses my mind?

I don’t have a race on my schedule until mid-July and my “A” race for the season is scheduled for either late August or early September and my first thought is what happens if I miss tomorrow’s workout. Not, I better take a day or two to rest up and let my body heal so I don’t get REALLY SICK. It is not like missing one or two days training in early May is going to negatively affect my results in August; but, missing a week or two if I get really sick? Now that would definitely have an impact.

So of course I wake up this morning and feel really awful, so what do I do? I unpack all of my training gear from backpack, pick up my phone and send a tweet to one of my favorite spots in the twitterverse @restdaybrags.

It read:

Last night-sore throat and stuffy head. This morning-sore throat, stuffy head, chest congestion. “A” race in Aug = rest day.

Restdaybrags is a great spot on twitter (and on Instagram as well) were we can brag about or rest days in the same way as we brag about our epic training days. Because we need them both in order to make progress. It is nice to see that the endurance community is beginning to embrace and understand that rest is just as important for our bodies as hard training days.

To make the day even better, I ended up coming home early from work and took a 3 1/2 hour nap. That was better for my body than any workout that I could have suffered through today. When I woke up, I felt so much better than earlier in the day. It was a major win.

So, train hard, rest hard and brag about it!

Folks, please take care of yourselves, if you don’t no one else will.

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