Yesterday was my rest day, and man was it nice to not have my alarm go off at 4:30am. However, it also felt weird to wake up with the sun already up 🙂 So, coffee was on agenda instead of sweat!
Repair. The R in R.E.S.T. is not as simple as just “relaxing”. Remember, running creates countless microscopic tears and weaknesses in our tissue, and rest days are necessary for the body to physically repair itself. That’s how we get stronger and faster. New muscle fiber knits together. Connective tissues lengthen and strengthen. Blood vessels deliver nutrients to healing cells. Health, fitness, and strong bodies are not achieved by going hard 7 days a week – not allowing your body to fully repair will stall your progress. You could end up going backwards, and may even become sick or injured.
Eat. The purpose of a rest day is to allow your body to repair. So make sure you are giving it the stuff it needs: food! Your body can’t recover itself if you don’t give it fuel and “building blocks” to work with. On your rest day, make sure you are eating at least maintenance amounts – rest days are not a time to be in caloric deficit. Take advantage of your body’s awesome regenerative potential, and eat well to restore your body to tip-top shape for another great week of running.
Sleep. Sleep is one of the greatest things you can do for your body. During periods of restful sleep, our bodies work overtime to repair muscles, strengthen joints and connective tissue, burn spare body fat, and reboot our central nervous system (CNS). Chronic sleep deprivation leads to illness, injury, depression, joint pain, loss of hand-eye coordination, poor judgment, decreased athletic performance, and weight gain/retention due to high levels of cortisol (a stress hormone). There is no physical benefit to missing out on sleep. Generally, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. In a busy world where so many of us are lacking in restful sleep, why not use the extra time on your rest day to take a healthy nap and catch up on sleep? Your body will thank you!
Time. Rest days can be a trial of patience, especially for those who love to exercise hard. Chances are that you will “feel” rested and refreshed long before your body is physically finished recovering. However, full rest days are as important to “the program” as your scheduled workouts! If you start feeling anxious, antsy, or moody on your rest day, do something productive and positive. Try reading, arts & crafts, meditation, taking a light walk, or hanging out with a friend. There is more to life, health, and fitness than just running. Give your body a day away from the track, road and trails, and instead use the time to cultivate your other interests.
As I’ve mentioned a few times this week, my shin has been bothering me. So annoying, as it seems like every time I get in a grove something starts to hurt. However, thinking positive and being smart about it!
I busted out my Run Lucky Brooks Launch (MY GEAR) as I think my tie dye Brooks might have ran their last mile. While there was a ton of tread on most of the shoes, the heel was pretty worn. I seem to usually get shin splints when my shoes need replaced, so hoping that does the trick. That, and I booked an ART appointment with Dale this evening to work on it!
My hamstrings also be mad from Tuesday’s killer yet amazing track workout. LOL
So, yesterday’s rest day and today’s easy 6 miles will hopefully have them back to almost normal tomorrow, especially after I get the junk worked out of them a bit more tonight. Dale, I’m coming for you!
Yesterday’s funny happened first thing in the morning. The above was my oatmeal. You know that I scraped it off the side, put it back in, mixed it up and ate every single bite.
Throwback Thursday to one of my favorite Chevron Houston Marathons 3.5 years ago! I can’t wait to be back in January for Marathon #22!
Use link below to sign up for the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Half Marathon or the 5k as well! Come run with me, let’s make it an incredible weekend to start of 2020!