The hardest training day is rest day

Training for races with a real life training plan this spring did really great things for my running.  I want to fire that up again for my fall half, but it’s really hard, you guys!  Summer is so hot and sticky out on the east coast that the air seems to be more moisture than air, plus it’s a bajillion degrees and I am not great in the heat.

Marshy Bits at Taylor Head

Scheduling is made harder by the fact that I play in two rec sports leagues.  The first is Mondays, and it’s ”All Sorts of Sports.”  I’m in an outdoor rec league that rotates through flag football, soccer, ultimate and beach volleyball on a real life sand court.  We’re tied for second.  The other is usually on Wednesday nights and is softball.  Same provincial employees rec league as last summer.  We’re currently tied for first.

Two evenings a week isn’t too bad to work a run schedule around, right?  But then throw in my strength training (I’m currently on stage two of the New Rules of Lifting For Women) which is meant to be done three times a week, a weekend hike from the Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia and a rest day and there isn’t a lot left for running!

What I’ve done for now is to hit the gym on Tuesdays and Fridays and run speedwork on Monday and hills on Thursdays.  Wednesday becomes a rest day and the weekend should soon start including a longer run (t-80 days) as well as some kind of hike, walk or other recreational movement.

The hardest part is sitting still on my days off.  Work and exercise don’t leave a lot of time for things like grocery shopping and TV watching, so when I do get an evening off it’s hard to convince myself to stop moving, become one with the couch and let my body recover.

How about you?  Do you embrace rest days and love being able to stop or is it a struggle to slow down and take the day off that you’ve earned?

2 thoughts on “The hardest training day is rest day

  1. I rarely get a real “rest day” because I’m home with my kids on my days off work. I found it did seem weird to have an evening where I didn’t have a run in the thick of my marathon training. I’m actually having more trouble with training now that I’m logging fewer miles. But I also don’t live running in warm weather (not that our weather really compares with yours).

    • You’d think after three years I’d be acclimated to it, but it’s nearly impossible! On my lunch run just now it was 20 degrees with ONE HUNDRED PERCENT HUMIDITY. No joke. It “feels like” 27 but that’s a big hairy lie.

      I can imagine that after marathon mileage the scheduled runs 11+ weeks out from (y)our half must seem super short and “what’s the point,” so I totally get how it’s harder to stick to it for that and the summer temps.

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