Do you have the discipline for rest and recovery?

Every workout can't be a hard workout. We need the easy ones too. But why is rest and recovery for runners so hard? Why is there a fear of rest?

“I really should go for a run this afternoon.”

“No, you shouldn’t. You haven’t gotten any sleep this week. You’re exhausted.”

“But it’s Thursday and I haven’t run since Monday and I didn’t exercise the last two days. I need to do something. Who needs rest and recovery for runners?”

“Look at you! You can barely keep your eyes open! Why push yourself when your tank is a tenth full? You’re just going to have a bad run or hurt yourself.”

“I know. I should rest…Or I just do a really short, quick run.”

Welcome to the conversation in my head. It’s like watching a tennis match. No, more like a ping pong match, the little plastic ball bouncing across the net to each side of the table so fast that it’s hard to keep track of where it is.

This particular conversation took place on Thursday afternoon. I felt this pull – this guilt – that I should go and workout. Because if I didn’t, who knew what would happen to my fitness level and my belly? One would plummet to zero and the other would expand infinitely, right? I would immediately turn into a sloth. At least those are the thoughts that underlay my internal debate.

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What ingredients make up your wellness story?

Wellness story ingredients

Earlier this year, when I said that I wanted to rest, reset and renew, I was serious. During the last half of last year, I realized that I fell away from many of the “ingredients” that lead to health and wellness. Instead, I’ve focused exclusively on one or two things while ignoring the others. On […]

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Stubborn

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stub·born (ˈstəbərn/): adjective having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so. difficult to move, remove, or cure. I’ve been known to be stubborn. Hard-headed is what my Mom used to call it, I mean, still calls it. It’s a trait […]

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Friday Round-Up: Art, Music, Yoga and Serial

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Happy Friday Round-Up! It’s been a fast – slow week. Ever have one of those? Some days move at light speed while other creep by. I’ve also had some trouble being productive this week because I’ve become addicted to the podcast Serial. Have you listened to it? {No spoilers please!} I downloaded it to listen to on […]

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Mantras and The Power of Words

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{This post is sponsored by Momentum. All views and opinions expressed are 100% my own.} I was really excited for my morning run. Even though it was cold and windy, I couldn’t wait to head outside. Have you ever felt that? As if the endorphins are just waiting to spill out into your bloodstream? Except that […]

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