What Do You Mean It’s NOT a Rest Day?

I’ve been trying hard to follow my half marathon training plan and feel like I’ve been doing a good job so far. I’m currently on week 4 and each week leading up to now I’ve moved the days/workouts around. This week I added a few more hills and my legs are feeling it.

My co-worker, Melissa and I have worked out early in the new year but work got too busy and we stopped our lunch time workouts. Wednesday morning I asked if she wanted to go for a run later in the week and she said sure! I wanted to see  what I was supposed to run for the rest of the week.

I pulled out my phone and looked at this……..

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My first thought was “aww, crap, I don’t have a rest day until Friday” and then I frowned. Melissa laughed at me and said I looked so sad.

I desperately wanted Wednesday to be a rest day but no…rest day isn’t until FRIDAY 😦 All I could think about is how am I going to run another 6k and 5k before my rest day AND THEN  after that a LONG RUN 11k on the weekend!

Holy crap, what have I done!

But apparently, I’m really happy after running hills {early this week}:

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Last night’s run treadmill run….

PR Run After

The life of a Mother Runner….treadmill running after the girls are in bed, baby monitor to listen to Hilary sing, talk and cry over and over again. Lilly was out in minutes. Hilary, not so much. I put her down at 7 and waited for her to go to sleep…and waited, and waited and waited! At 8 pm after cleaning up the house, I finally went into her room and cuddled with her, sang her a few more songs. She told me I was funny… “funny, funny mommy” and then I said good night, she replied with “ove ou, night night mama”. 

Rest day or run day? 

Happy or unhappy after a run/workout?

Parents – how long does it take your kids to fall asleep?

I Took a Rest Day on Day 2 of a Challenge

Yup! You read that right. Yesterday, I decided it would be a rest day of the Fall into Fitness Challenge off. It was a scheduled day of rest for the Thigh Challenge which I started on Nov 1st. I thought I would just rest from that workout and go for a good walk with Maclean in the afternoon to get my minutes in for the Fall into Fitness Challenge…..but that didn’t happen.

Rest Day

One of my best friends arrived early afternoon and we got lost in talking, Hilary playing and then it was time to pick up Lilly. She walked Maclean and her dog Cody while I got Lilly from the sitters. It was really cold outside I just wanted to be inside away from the cold. I must be turning into a sissy….I used to work outside (5 winters, 4 fall and 3 spring seasons) all day long for a living and now I can’t handle a few minutes. I’m sure hoping that changes this winter because I’m ready to hit the trails and hills (downhill and cross-country skiing).

Rest days are important for your body and should be incorporated into your weekly workout plans. They help your body rebuild muscles and prevent injuries. They are just as important as healthy food and liquids … water, wine, chocolate milk. What? Wine? Wine is a fruit …. right….it’s healthy for you….wink wink. I like having chocolate milk after a hard workout or run.

I’m fine with rest days but am sure looking forward to getting in a nice walk and the Thigh Challenge Day 4 today.  I’m also hoping to get out running this week….I really need to sit down and plan my workouts for the rest of the week to ensure I don’t miss any….or have TOO many rest days.

Do you take rest days?

How do you plan your rest days?

How many days of the week do you work out?