“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… Including you.” Anne Lamott
As you can tell, I like to be on the go!
Rest. It’s definitely not a word I like and it’s certainly not something that I like doing. If I’m not running, I’m in the gym, if I’m not in the gym, I’m walking around, if I’m not walking around, I’m pacing, I’m tidying, I’m cooking- you get the gist, I hate sitting still!
But here I am, week 5 rest week finished and less than 70 days to go, and I’m still resting, what’s going on?! For once in my life, I think I’ve actually made the decision to be sensible (Yes Mum, it does happen sometimes!). After my week 4 10 miler my ankle started stiffening up and the last thing I wanted to do is end up with tendonitis, or worse, a stress fracture before Cardiff. I tried to carry on running, but take it easy (it was cutback week anyway) but I was still feeling it when I ran so made the decision to x-train for the rest of my week 4 sessions.
There’s no place like home for a rest week
I’m not going to lie, while I love a good spinning class, when it’s something I’m forced to, I get pretty miserable about the thought of sitting inside on the bike for an hour, especially when I’d rather be out running in the sunshine, BUT (being sensible again, crazy I know!) I can see the bigger picture, so back on the bike I get. Sometimes, stepping back and remembering what you want to achieve in the long-term makes short-term unhappiness fade away pretty fast.
To start with (and still a little bit now) I was so stressed about the idea of taking all this time off from running, exacerbated by the fact that I’m going to a festival this week and won’t be training after Wednesday, but as I said in my previous post, this training cycle is mine, to mould it, to change it and make it fit my life and not the other way round. Sometimes its easy to get caught up in routine and forgetting that social time contributes massively to my mental health as well as allowing my body time to recover. So here’s to listening to my body, unplugging and refreshing.