As you’re all painfully aware at this stage, I’ve signed up to Janathon – a challange where the idea is to work-out every day in January and to blog about it. It’s a great kick off for the year as one of those ‘begin as you mean to go on’ motivators.
So, my work out today? Rest.
Yep, that’s right. I did not work-out. I didn’t run, I didn’t cross-train, and although I danced around the living room for a while with my 14 month old I personally don’t count that as working-out.
So, why am I counting rest as a work-out (under the rules of Janathon, that is)? Take a peruse though the Runner’s World article Are You Overtraining. I am not overtraining, but I know that I have a bit of a habit of getting to a stage where I’m doing too much. Currently I cross-train once a week and run five days a week. My body simply needs one day to rest. I count rest as a work-out for a few simple reasons 1) I’m not resting because I’m lazy, I’m resting because my body requires downtime in order to repair and 2) I want to run a marathon, undertake a 24 hour run (in a team of only three) AND run a 50 miler this year – I can’t afford to take several weeks out because I’ve overtrained.
Knowing when your body needs to rest isn’t weak. I count it because I don’t think it really contravenes the spirit of Janathon. So that’s it. Each Friday during January, as during the rest of 2013, is for rest. No questions.