I could have gone to the gym (still have a few days left) and done some weights or some hard core workout, but I let my body and mind rest. It's amazing how much time I have on my hands in the evening when I don't have a run scheduled! I actually got a load of laundry done on a Monday night! I had dinner with my parents and even enjoyed the company of my husband. And even though it was a successful rest day in that I truly rested, my body was still not happy with me. I couldn't sleep. I tossed and turned all night. I woke up every half hour and just couldn't turn myself "off." The problem was I wasn't tired. I hadn't expended much energy behind my desk all day and even doing laundry didn't break a sweat. Does this ever happen to any of you on your rest days? Do you feel restless because you didn't run or expend much energy? While I was tossing and turning it hadn't occurred to me just yet that I wasn't tired from not running. What I was thinking about though was my next run. I am deep in marathon training, and even though I am getting deeper into tax season, my body is just ready to go, go, go. How do you sleep on rest days?
When Tuesday rolled around I was feeling ready to run. I wished I had more time in the morning to go for a run before work but alas, that would have to wait until the afternoon. Funny thing was, by the time I got home...I didn't want to run anymore. I haven't had time to revamp my training schedule and it still said 10 miles for Tuesday. My heart wanted to go out and pound the pavement for 10 miles, but my head said that wasn't happening. I vowed to make this a lower mileage week and I really wanted to stick to that. So I hit the track for some 800's and some strides and a quick 5K to get my legs turning over. I had been so drained on Sunday and I wanted to feel the life back in my legs. My 5K felt great...21:22. I wasn't exhausted afterwards and was able to complete a few sets of 800's at 10K pace to finish out the day with just over 6 miles. It felt so good to run fast, and I know that I wouldn't have done as well if I hadn't taken that rest day. It's a double edged sword. I want to run fast and perform well, but without taking those rest days I know I won't perform to my potential or my own standards.
Today I think I will tackle that medium long run. I will shoot for 10-12 and see where my legs and head take me. I have my 10K to look forward to on Saturday and then Sunday I have a long run of 20. The long run will be another good test of what it feels like to run on tired legs. I haven't decided yet if I am going to go all out on Saturday but I do want to test my 10K fitness and really give my legs the feeling of being tired again for Sunday. For now though, I am going to let myself get through the rest of the week and see how I feel come Saturday. I don't want to set myself up for another crash and burn for my long run like I did on Sunday. It just isn't good for my head and I gotta keep in the game until April 19th!
So, I had promised you guys a while back some funny pictures from my surprise party. And since no good post is complete with out some pics...without further ado, here is my party and all my sweat glory. Go ahead a laugh. Just keep in mind, I hadn't showered after my 12 mile run, I didn't have my glasses and was blind, and it was a complete surprise!
Carbing up after my run :) (that's my MIL in the backgroud - isn't she a gem?)
Getting ready for some fondue!
My SIL Suzie and me :)
My little sister Erin and me :)
My little sis E, as we call her, turns 21 on the 22nd and we are super excited! I can't believe my baby sister is 21! LOL!
Its Wednesday peeps, the weekend is within sight! Happy Running!
P.S. Don't forget to check out Tall Mom's Recovery Sock giveaway - just remember to not enter - I really, really want to win!