Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sometimes, a little rest can work wonders!

Last week was TOUGH! It was so tough, I was dreading the thought of running through the summer. It started with the highest heat/humidity combination of the year on Monday and didn't let up all week.

My Monday and Tuesday runs went well, and I still felt good when I got through them. But things began to fall apart on Wednesday. I managed 5.5 miles, running and walking the last 2, and that was all I had in me. I was hoping things would turn around on Thursday but they didn't, and Friday wasn't much better. By the time it was over, I was glad we were leaving early Saturday morning for the 1000 mile drive to North Carolina, because that meant I didn't have to run!

If you've been reading here a while, you know that's strange for me. I like to run. Really, I LOVE to run. But by the end of last weak, I was so drained it was the last thing I wanted to do. So I decided to take 2 days in a row off. The driving day Saturday and the day after were going to be rest days.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." ~ Matthew 11:28

I took those two days off, and felt like a slug the whole time. I felt like I needed to lace up and hit the road, but visions of those last runs of last week kept popping into my head and helped convince me to rein in. And now I'm glad I did!

Yesterday and today I managed two good 6 mile runs. Nothing spectacular, mind you, but good solid runs nonetheless. And I still feel great! I even felt good enough after the first mile today to pick up the pace and make a 3 mile tempo run before slowing back down for the final two miles.

Sometimes keeping our running shoes in the closet for a day is the hardest thing in the world to do. But sometimes it's the absolute best thing to do too!

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