Rest days totally mess with my head.
I know I have had a tough couple of weeks of training, and I’m pretty beat up, but I still hate having to rest today. As an athlete, I am used to my routine of waking up, training, eating breakfast, going to work, and most days training after work. It was really weird this morning to sleep in an extra hour and shower (without sweating beforehand), and then just go to work. I know this is what most people at my office do, but it’s not me, and it feels weird to not work out on a day during the week. When I take a rest day, it feels like something is missing. I can’t help but want to sneak a little workout in… but that voice in my head keeps saying ‘no, this rest is good for you Kristin, don’t do it!’. My coach must have scheduled an OFF day for a reason, and I need to abide by it, knowing that in the end, this is good for me.
I find it’s also weird to know what to eat on Rest days. I’m not expending TONS of energy like I normally do, therefore I should probably eat less, but I find I am still hungry all day long (as if I did workout). The key thing is to focus on eating all REAL nutrient dense foods on rest days, especially foods that reduce inflammation. I eat these foods on a regular basis anyways, but it’s especially important on rest days! Oh and I also plan to focus on lots of stretching and foam rolling tonight!
I just wish my rest day today could be spent on the beach, and not in a cubicle. Then I would actually want to rest.
One other thing about taking a rest day, it puts me in a bad mood. Without releasing endorphins, I feel cranky! … watch out co workers:)
How do you cope with ‘rest days’?