Rest week is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard stuff!
I found rest week to be more difficult than an intense training week. I am programmed to move and sweat like crazy… so to do nothing, well, it was just frustrating.
The first couple of days it was really strange not to wake up and exercise. Taking a shower without sweating beforehand is a weird feeling for me! Something felt like it was missing. Although, the extra minutes in the morning did lead to perfect hair days at work all week:)
Rest week meant: extra doggy walks, cooking new recipes, cleaning, organizing, painting my nails… etc… anything to keep my mind busy! Staying busy was the KEY to my sanity.
Even though I stayed busy, it was still a mental battle:
Challenged by the body image demons
Lazy.. I guess that’s the same as sluggish?
Overall… it was a struggle for my emotions!
My only saving grace was that rest week fell on the same week as my birthday. Talk about perfect timing! It lead to me feeling ‘less guilty’ about eating extra dessert and drinking more wine:)
During my downtime I also did a lot of reflecting. When I started to feel negative emotions coming on, I thought about how I DESERVED the downtime and I earned it. I thought about the days back in June/July when I was training for 16-20+ hours a week. Most importantly, I focused on the year ahead. I even signed up for my Half Ironman focus race, Eagleman 70.3 in Maryland!
The week surprisingly went by fast and before I knew it, it was the weekend. On Saturday, we hiked Mount Chocorua in New Hampshire. This 7.5 mile, easy/moderate hike was perfect after doing nothing all week. It was a beautiful day to be outside! Winter has made a comeback in NH and there was snow and ice on the trail.
I think you can tell by these pictures how HAPPY I was to be outside and hiking!
My #1 goal is to stay healthy and strong in the 2015 season. Right now I am in my second week of not running, and I have even contemplated making is 3-5 weeks of no running. My knee is still a little tender and I don’t want to push it, it’s not worth it. Perhaps some deep water running is in my near future?
For the next couple of weeks, I will just train at my leisure. This will include going to Masters swim practice 3 x week, biking on the trainer, and light strength work. The goal is to even go on a few more hikes in November, including this weekend coming up!
I know time will go by fast and before I know it, I will have a structured training plan until AUGUST. Yes August! Time to just sit back and enjoy the ride on the easy train until then:)