Justifying My Rest Day

Have you ever heard the expression, "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"? Let me tell you a little story.

Patriots on TV

My husband and I had plans to drive up north yesterday for an overnight excursion. As some of you may remember, I love to run and do it most days of the week. I had a few clients in the morning and then went straight home to pack an overnight bag. I had decided to take a rest day since I'd run several days in a row. Since I had planned for this, it was no big deal and I wasn't freaking out about it. I mean, it's ONLY one day.

We enjoyed dinner out with friends, some adult beverages and quality time tuning out around the fire pit. We all retired for the evening and I got into bed looking forward to a solid night of sleep. It didn't happen. I couldn't get comfortable, I was hot, I was hearing and focusing on sounds. Next thing I know, it's 3 am and I am STILL awake.

About 7:30, I finally got up after a fitful few hours, feeling anything but rested. I am getting over a cold and, with the lack of sleep, felt achy and fatigued. After a shower, we packed up and began the two hour drive home.

So, what is the moral of this long winded story? I had planned to go for a run when I got home. I always feel better after a few miles, but I knew deep down I needed R&R more. So you see, I still have the old mentality pop up from time to time when it comes to exercise. For years, I was really good at pushing through fatigue, illness and pain. There was a part of me that wanted to do that today.

How does this tale end? Here is a front row seat to the NFL on CBS. I am wrapped up in my New England Patriots blanket enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon instead of popping some tylenol, sucking down caffeine for energy, and making myself sweat. The road will still be there tomorrow after I get a good night of sleep after being back in my own bed. I really think this is what it means to honor your body.

So if you have a hard time "justifying" a rest day and think that a relaxing Sunday means you "must be lazy", maybe reading this will help. I hope so.


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