A Day Off

Yeah, it’s been stressful around my household lately. My poor gorgeous husband has been talking me down from the ledge daily about school and grades and GREs and applications to PhD programs. He may as well just switch careers to be that guy they send up when someone is standing on the ledge of a building threatening to jump. Poor guy.

Anyway, with my exam done and appointments and work and a fundraiser tonight (more on that later…) keeping me busy all day, I can’t work out today. No really. I started work at 6:30 this morning and went straight from there to school, straight from there to an appointment, straight from there to work, straight from there to home (need a change of clothes for said fundraiser tonight) where I currently find myself wolfing down leftover roasted chicken and some bruschetta before I bolt out the door to continue on with my evening.

No running today. But that’s ok. I did other important stuff today, like this:

Nothing like a visit to the salon to make me feel a little bit better

Lots of goop everywhere, but I LIKE IT!

 

Final result! Nothing makes a girl feel pretty like getting your hair done! (Ignore the tired look on my face...it's been a loooooong week)

Because, hellloooo!, if I am going to have the day off from running (and sweating!), I need to take advantage of it and have my hair done all pretty.

Days off are so important. That down time allows your body to rest, recuperate and otherwise ready itself for the next workout. I know a lot of runners who complain that they run “all the time” and they don’t feel like they’re getting any faster. Well, no wonder. If you don’t give your body a chance to heal, it will not grow and adapt and you will not get faster. In fact, I predict a crazy workout schedule will have quite the opposite effect on your running times.

That’s not to say that you should loaf around all week and expect a miracle come race day, but you cannot expect your body to perform at its top level if you run yourself into the ground day in and day out. What’s worse is that if you do too much too soon or for too long, you put yourself at risk of developing serious injuries that might sideline you for weeks or months. Something’s gotta give and that something will be you.

A good rule of thumb is 3-4 on/1 off. 3-4 days of workouts followed by one day of rest. If you are looking to build up the amount of workouts you have in a week, add 1 new workout every 3-4 weeks. For example, if you want to add a yoga class to your routine, take one class a week for 3-4 weeks and then add a second class. Maintain two classes a week for 3-4 weeks, and so on and so forth.

Take a day to rest. Enjoy the sunshine. Get a pedicure. Meet a friend for a movie. Sleep in. Get your hair done. Oh, and maybe you want to join me tonight up at Jackrabbit Sports on the Upper East Side for a Chron’s and Colitis Foundation of America fundraiser to support Ali’s quest to the Hamptons Marathon? Maybe? Cool t-shirts (they say I ♥ SWEAT, so obviously I need one), booze, prizes (Flywheel!!! 16 Handles!!!) and all in the name of finding a cure for the diseases Ali and I live and run with! Come on out. I’ll see you there 🙂

If it’s not a rest day for you, go out and run!