Tag Archives: rest

An extra rest day

7 Sep

My foot was a little sore on Friday afternoon, so I took an extra rest day. I’m trying this thing where I really listen to my body and switch things up when it tells me to.

It can be hard for many of us runners to take a day off without feeling anxious about its impact on training. I am not afraid to take a rest day.

Sometimes rest days can even be the best days.

Thursday evening we took advantage of my workday ending earlier than usual and the beautiful weather and went for a walk.

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We'll be newlyweds forever.

Friday was just as beautiful and we went for another walk, this time to the coffee house for pumpkin chai lattes.

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Fall is my favorite.

I just got this bright scarf from Kohl’s for about $9 to add to my Italy wardrobe. Or I just might wear it every day…

It’s not only important to listen to your body, sometimes we just need to take advantage of extra time and be with those we love. The run will be waiting.

Now we are on our way to visit friends and go on a hike. I’m planning a 10 mile run for Sunday afternoon, so we’ll see how this goes!

Are you afraid to take extra rest days?

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Fall 5 or 10 and Back to running

16 Aug

I am so excited to join up with Mommy Run Fast for a virtual race series that will go throughout the Fall. The idea is to run 5 or 10 miles by the 5th of each month starting in September and ending in December. You can run alone, with friends, on a trail, on the road, as part of a race, or with green eggs and ham. Any way you’d like! All you have to do is sign up and then add your results to the spreadsheet provided each month.

Prizes are awarded each month for really awesome items of running gear and fuel from well-known brands (such as Camelbak, FLIPBelt, Kind, Gaiam, LUTA, etc.). You don’t have to be the fastest at anything, you just have to get the miles in before the 5th!

There is an additional option of signing up for online group coaching, which gives you access to a private Facebook page, weekly strength and speed workouts, tips, and group support. ONLY $24! I signed right up for that. That will be perfect for helping me gain a little edge for my next half marathon in October.

Sound good to you? Check it out and let me know if you’re signing up!

Click the photo to sign up, too!

Wednesday was my first run following the half marathon on Saturday and my legs were still feeling a little sore. I sure am glad I followed my 3 Day Rest Rule! Some aches and pains in my feet signaled to take Thursday off, just in case. I really really don’t want to end up with another Mysterious Foot Injury, so I’m not pushing my luck.

The weather has been gorgeous lately! A little cooler with a breeze, but bright and sunny. It’s reminiscent of Fall, my favorite season.

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Weather perfection

I logged 4 easy miles Wednesday evening and then made sure to stretch. Tonight, I headed out for another 4.5 miles and it feels like I’m loosening up, but I need to get in some foam rolling and maybe some cross training!

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Seriously, this weather should stay like this all year round

I’m going to be rocking only my Saucony Mirage II’s for a while. My Brooks Pure Cadence are donezo. I could tell during the half marathon that they were at the end of their lifespan, so I’m not going to be using them for running anymore. Everything I’ve read about the updated Pure Cadence 2‘s has primarily been negative in contrast to the feedback for the 1’s, so I’m not going to get them. Running shoes are too expensive to just go buying them all willy-nilly. Guess I’ll have to check out reviews for similar styles.

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My feet look tiny from this angle

Dear Brooks…feel free to send me some shoes to try out…

Happy weekend!

Finally running again and back on the road

20 Jul

I’m writing to you from the road because we’re on our way to NYC again!

Mark and I are joining in the Color Me Rad 5K at Met Life Stadium tomorrow. There was an unfortunate change in plans, so it will just be the two of us running. Bummed about that, but hoping to still have a good time!

This past week has been relatively run-free. I only ran 3 miles on Wednesday! I was feeling really exhausted after the Boilermaker and my motivation waned. It seemed like I needed a reboot. The heat and humidity has really been sucking the life out of me and I think my mind and body were telling me to rest a little while.

It’s really important to listen to your body, especially in extreme weather or at the first signs of injury. Even if you love something, you can still get burned out. Taking a little time off is much better than being sidelined for weeks or months!

Yesterday I started getting the itch to run again, so I planned to get a few early morning miles in today before leaving go NYC.

20130720-103054.jpgThe heat has broken a little, but this was still a super sweaty run!

4.13 miles | 33:43 total time | 8:09 avg pace

Now that I’ve had some rest, I’m feeling ready to get back on track (ha!) with my routine and training for upcoming events. The next half marathon is only a few weeks away!

Question: How do you tell when you’re getting burned out from running and what do you do?