|Lena doing what cats do. I wonder if she is worried her mouse catching abilities are deteriorating?|
I have a very scientific approach to rest, as I do to most things running, which you will no doubt know if you have read my blog. I set out to run everyday. Now pay close attention because this is where the science kicks in. I run unless I hurt bad enough or feel so tired that I don't. I know it is complex yet simple. I have to admit that is my career specialty: making scientific complexity understandable. I once had a local news anchor tell me "I like interviewing you because you make the 'sciency' stuff less 'sciency'." See you read a blog about running, and learn a new scientific term. I am an educator at heart. What I really use to decide is a combo plate.
If I get up and I am not raring to go. I go through a very brief process:
I ask myself "Why don't you feel great."
Then I wait. Most of the time my body will answer. If any of those answers are the return of a pain I felt at the end of yesterday's run and it seems worse, I err on a rest day. The reasoning. I would rather miss one day then run today, do something really stupid and be out a week. If the answer is I am tired and yesterday's run felt a lot like running through the ball pit at Chucky Cheese, I say rest day. I know instantly if I do that I will have renewed energy tomorrow and the run will feel effortless. I made the too tired to run call on Wednesday. This week at work has been crazy and I was feeling the drain. This morning I was excited to run, even if it was 4:30 AM. The run felt great, negative splits, effortless run. I knew immediately the rest day was worth it. Looking forward to the first weekend without rain and going on a long run with the hubby. Sometimes you just have to be like a cat, maybe that's why cheetahs are so fast?