Knowing when to rest

I’m not all that good at listening to my body.  I tend to try to push through rather than rest. And I almost never let myself get extra sleep when I feel like I need it.

So that’s why it’s surprising that I managed to let myself sleep for almost an extra hour this morning.

For some reason, my alarm went off and I just couldn’t pry myself out of bed.  I often feel like that, but once I turn on the light and sit up, I get past it.  Not today.  My body was insistent on the extra rest.

So I listened.

I skipped my morning workout all together in favor of sleep. Madness! I know.  Ok, not really.  But it was a big deal for me.

I’m learning that if I really want to do a marathon, I have got to get better at listening to myself and to my body.  Which includes getting the extra sleep when I need it.

Yesterday I did a pretty sluggish 6.5 miles.  I think I was even feeling the need for extra sleep then.

Tomorrow I’m going to try to get in my long run for the week, so I actually feel ok about taking a rest day today.  I might end up going to yoga later, but given my track record, that could also easily not happen.

I almost never do long runs on a weekday,  but I’m going away for the weekend so I want to make sure I get it in before that.  I guess we will see how that goes tomorrow morning!

In other news, today is September 1st. In case you didn’t manage to pick up on that yourself.  September is officially the first fall month, in my mind.  I know that its still 80 degrees and will be for a while, but today still marks the beginning of the transition to fall. Also, fall is my favorite time of year, so I am pretty psyched.

September 1st also means that pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks! Yes, I know the date of their return.

Pumpkin spice lattes are my favorite seasonal Starbucks drink, so thus also begins the season of me spending far too much money on lattes.  I can’t wait.

Tell me: Are you good at taking rest days & listening to your body? What is your favorite Starbucks drink?

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