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I'm on a roll. What do I do about tomorrow?

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I've been out running every day for the past 5 days. I'm really kicking my training too. it's awesome.

My question is, tomorrow is supposed to be a later day for me - I'm teaching dance lessons after 7pm. I was debating making tomorrow my "day off".

When I ran in the past, I needed to force myself to take one day a week off. Otherwise my body was just burning out.

I don't feel like I want to take my day off.

But I know from experience I should.
My schedule lends itself to me taking tomorrow morning off.
Then Friday I can do an easy run in the morning, gearing up for my 60min run Saturday.
If anything goes wrong Saturday, I have Sunday to do my long run.

It all just lends itself to making tomorrow my day off.

But I'm scared.

I'm afraid if I take one day off, it'll lead to two. Then three. Then weeks later I'll realize what I did.

Getting up early to run is hard for me. I'm not finding it hard right now though.

What if I can't get up and run again after taking a day off?
I can't run later in the day - it's way WAY too hot here for that.

What to do, what to do. I need to decide soon. I don't like to leave things until the last minute. Hmmm.
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    What about just walking instead of running? That way you won't break your routine, but you will give your body a rest.
    1724 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    I believe that we need to listen to our bodies. They will tell us if we need a day off.
    1724 days ago
    As someone who has run to the point of injury, I'd take the day off. Recovering from an injury sucks. I'm struggling with the days off between my runs right now too. Instead of running, I'm trying to do other things like biking and taking the dog to the park. I'm still getting exercise, but it's not as hard on me.
    1724 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    If you feel like you should take the day off, then do so. It doesn't really sound like you feel that way though. There's no reason to force tomorrow to be your day off. Maybe Friday would be a better day anyway so you can rest up for your long run on Saturday.
    1724 days ago
  • ACRAIG921
    It's ok to take tomorrow off because you will wake up on Friday rested and refreshed and ready to go. Happy 4th!! emoticon
    1724 days ago
    It sounds like the perfect day to use as a day off. emoticon
    1724 days ago
    Take the day off, you need it. Just promise yourself it's only one day! Don't allow it to slip into two, three, four days!! You can do it!!

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    1724 days ago
    Sometimes being wise about things is also to know when we need to take time off. If you really want to do something - then do something different - perhaps less intense - like a nice, long walk?

    You can do this - and no, taking a day off does not mean that you have to give everything up and one day will snowball into two . . . It does not have to be that way - it is all up to how you look at it.

    I know you can do this - because YOU HAVE - and you are DOING AWESOME.

    Enjoy your time off and realize that it is just giving you strength to kick butt another day.

    1724 days ago
  • KAT321123
    To answer your question of "What if I can't get up and run again after taking a day off?", you can and will =) Just make it a part of your schedule -- just like you wouldn't teaching dance, don't give yourself the chance to skip your run. You've got it!
    1724 days ago
    If you take Thursday off, you'll be refreshed and eager to run on Friday.
    1724 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Yes, you can take one day and just get back up and on your way Friday. emoticon
    1724 days ago
    The biggest way to avoid a pitfall is to know what it is. You have that already! Take tomorrow off, and set a scheduled alarm on your phone to remind you to run the day after, thus not letting the lazy personality get in the way of your making that change. You can do it, but you need to take care of yourself and do what you know is right for your body. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1724 days ago
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