Unexpected Rest Days

I had mentioned I was feeling under the weather and I truly felt that I was on the mend but….

I’m not. I still feel icky 😦

Today is day 5 of no running and I can’t remember taking this long of break.

And I’m getting a little antsy.

But I know that rest is necessary for recovery, not just from running injuries but from other illnesses too. My head hurts, my eyes burn, my nose is stuffed and runny, my throat aches, my body aches….it’s just not a good situation. And I have two kids I run around after all day lol.

I have my 27k trail race on Saturday and the likeliness of me running before then isn’t good. My husband often travels for work and when he does–like this week–I take my kids to the gym daycare where I usually cross train. If I have to, I will get on the ‘mill but most times I’m on the elliptical or bike. I think this is what I might do the next few days.

— How do you handle unexpected rest days? Days when you had running on the schedule and life threw you a curve ball?

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27 responses

  1. I feel your pain. Not that I HAVE to rest, but my kids are making it damn near impossible to work out this week. Hang in there. I hope you get feeling better by Saturday. Just think of it as a really, really good taper, haha!

  2. Unexpected rest days can be hard especially when you have little kids and your hubby is away – trust me… I know! haha.
    I take them for what they are – a day to rest, a day to go to bed early, to let my body heal or focus on my daughters if they are sick and need me more then I need running. I’ve had many (recent) days when life has handed me a curve ball and I get pretty mad at myself when I can’t run. It’s hard juggling everything but some how we manage and everything turns out alright in the end.
    Hope the rest does your body good πŸ™‚

  3. Nooooo I’m so sorry that you aren’t feeling well today, friend. At least the crosstraining will get your legs moving, but I totally understand the feeling of forced rest and it SUCKS. I think you’ll probably go out there on Saturday and really surprise yourself with extra fresh legs!! πŸ™‚

      • That’s kinda how I feel even though had I been healthy, I didn’t/don’t have many expectations about it. It’s my first night trail race so I’m just going to have fun with it. It’s in McDowell Mountain in Arizona. Yours sounds like it’s in a pretty location!

      • I’ve seen photos of McDowell Mountain and I’m envious! My aim is to finish alive. πŸ™‚ I live in a town flat as a pancake and this will be my first serious trail race so I am not kidding myself that I’d finish in less than twice my usual time. The Vosges is in Lorraine, France. It’s not known for anything special besides the forest.

  4. Rest, schmest. Let’s call it Active Recovery, shall we? πŸ™‚ You need it lady. And while I hate those days, I wind up realizing that they actually do me some good. Feel Better Helly!!!

  5. Oh no- I hope you feel better soon! Esp with a fun race on the horizon.
    As frustrating as unplanned rest days are, when they’re caused by sickness rather than a busy schedule, I try to let my body battle whatever I caught, so I can get back to 100% sooner. I sometimes sneak in some light strength work though if it’s just cardio that I can’t handle πŸ˜‰

  6. I’ve had a few injuries before a race that weren’t so bad that I couldn’t run, but enough to force me to change both my taper and revise my race goals. But I’m really glad I did both and managed to run my races safely.

  7. You deserve a rest after all the crazy miles you’ve been putting in! I know it’s frustrating, but I learned to just accept it. There’s nothing you can do and I take it that my body is telling me to take a break!

  8. Ugh I have been there. The best thing you can do it not stress about the workouts you’re missing, that just makes it worse! If you work out while you feel terrible it usually backfires, so I say that you should embrace the rest days and not worry about your race! I know you’re going to kill it anyways!

  9. I am feeling under the weather right now, and I hate rest days, I feel like I am totally unproductive, and I should be out there, doing stuff. I have to remind myself that I am in this for the long haul, and overall fitness and well-being is my goal, not running x miles each day. That is just the process.

  10. I hope you are feeling better! I actually welcomed my unexpected rest days with open arms. I was definitely feeling like I was getting burned out so it helped to recharge me!

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