Rest Day – Much Ado About Nothing

by Carilyn on May 15, 2012

I didn’t intend to take a rest day yesterday.  Really, I didn’t.  But when my alarm sounded at 5:00, I turned it off and went back to sleep.

“I’ll run later,” I told myself.

But later came and there was still no running.  I had to wait for the oven repairman.  Again.  For the third time.  There was no way I was going to miss him.

Yes, I know what you are thinking: I could have run on the treadmill.  But I had done 20 miles on it on Friday while waiting for the missing repairman, and a girl can only take so much.

So, I took a nap.

All morning.

And then the repairman called and said he was on his way, so I got up.  By the time he was done, it was lunchtime, and I was hungry.  No lunch run for me.

After I ate a delicious roast beef with cherry chutney and horseradish aioli sandwich, a bowl of cream of broccoli soup, and a nutmeg doughnut, I was too full to run.  And I was sleepy.

So, I went home and napped again.

All afternoon.

Finally, at 5;00, I dragged myself out of bed and went downstairs to put chicken in the (newly-repaired) oven for dinner.  I was tempted to lie on the couch while I waited until it was time to pick up the kids, but I resisted.  I was afraid I wouldn’t wake up.

My work day was over.  I hadn’t run a step, written a word (other than uploading a blog post), or edited any pages.  I had done nothing but sleep – all day

And it felt glorious.


How often do you take a rest day?


Happy Running!



Kent May 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

I take one rest a day a week which is typically Sunday. Lately however I’ve been feeling the need to take 2 rest days a week as I’m just not bouncing back from my long runs on Saturday the way I would like. As my weekly mileage has increased slightly cause of 3-4 hour runs on Sat. I REALLY struggle on Mondays after work to get the legs moving again. The mind says go (after all you HAD a rest day!), but the body doesn’t always co-operate.

SteveQ May 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

I’m having a rest milennium. I’ll be refreshed come 3012!

olga May 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

And we really need it from time to time. And I can only dream about it right now:)

Carilyn May 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I forget until I collapse – but then it’s the best day ever! 🙂

Carilyn May 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Nice – I did that for a couple of years and it was sweet!

Carilyn May 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Yes, Kent, that does tend to happen when we up our mileage or our intensity. Listen to your body 🙂

Marcia May 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Sounds like that was a much needed rest! Funny you should write about this. My run never happened today either.

Carilyn May 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Sometimes a woman just has to say, enough 🙂

Char May 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

That sounds like the ultimate recovery day. Good on you.

Carilyn May 17, 2012 at 6:43 am

Thanks, Char – it was nice 🙂

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