A week off

Monday, April 08, 2013

So I did a couple of dumb things this weekend:

1) Ended up having a serious cheeseburger craving that has still not been pacified. Today I am going to indulge and that will be it. No more cheeseburger for you, stomach!

2) Decided to walk 3 MILES on Saturday because the weather was so nice and I wanted to get out and about. THEN I did 4 sets of walking lunges after the walk. I haven't been able to walk or sit down without hissing in pain for the past 2 days.

It figures that about the time I think I've got this thing licked, I wound up getting bit in the behind.

No matter. I am not waving the white flag. Never give up, never surrender!

However, I noticed last week I was really struggling with my workouts. Even when I upped my calories, I couldn't quite get to the level of performance I was looking for. I spent 2-3 days exhausted. My eyes were burning, it was an effort to move (I really only worked out because of habit), and I didn't have energy for anything else. Now I also have the pain from overdoing the walking.

I haven't had a real "rest and recovery" week in 3 months. My biking progressed very well until about halfway through March, and it has now stalled. I'm worried the same is happening with ST as well. Plus, I don't quite have the excitement for my workouts like I used to. And there is a lot of stuff I need to get done around the house, my car, and life chores in general that have been ignored because of all the training.

Because of all this, I'm taking the week off. I may do one bike workout or one swim workout, but it's going to be a light one. And maybe one ST routine using just bodyweight. Once I stop hurting, I'm also going to do some (SHORT) walks. I'm also taking the next day and a half off of work to get some stuff done around the house. It is gorgeous and I plan to take advantage of the weather.

I just feel like I'm burning out. And I'm supposed to add running in the next few weeks, which at this point, is not looking likely unless I do something to get myself 100% back in the game.

So I may not be around much this week. I know this is going to be a challenge for me, but I also know it's necessary if I'm in for the long haul.

Have a great week everyone!
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    sounds like you need it.
    3035 days ago
    Sounds like rest will help. I have a week of rest built in after each stage of my workout. Rest is when your body gets stronger!
    3036 days ago
    Recognizing fatigue is critical....your body demands rest in many ways and it can manifest itself in pulled muscles, soreness, fatigue, weird food cravings.

    take some down time, but do like you said, be active but not as intense.

    good luck...keep us posted!
    3036 days ago
    You are wise to listen to your body. Take care of yourself! HUGS
    3036 days ago
    Good idea taking the week off your body probably needs it!
    3036 days ago
    Good plan! You need the occasional rest and cheeseburger to rebuild before your next BEAST MODE!!!

    I did workout Saturday morning, but then I took several naps. SEVERAL. It was excellent. :)
    3036 days ago
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    Like you, I am also doing a rest week. I have to force myself because I'll keep going!! Sounds like you need it, too! Enjoy!!
    3037 days ago
    I hope the week of rest helps!
    3037 days ago
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    Some time off for your muscles should definitely help! It took me a while to learn this, but I finally figured out why I stall on the bike after X amount of time. It's always due to lack of progress with strength training. I know you are doing both right now, so a rest week may be all you need to kickstart the bike progress again. If not, you may or may not be getting enough strength training on your legs! (Though how can I say that when lunges sound brutal?? lol)
    3037 days ago
    Taking some time off sounds great! There's a certain type of 'fatigue' I get when I'm overworking. Performance drags quite a bit. Get out and do some leisurely things without worrying about calories or exercise minutes!

    Enjoy your rest!
    3037 days ago
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    Sounds like a great idea. Enjoy the break!
    3037 days ago
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    Do what you need to do for you! A week off will probably leave you with more energy - plus it feels so good to get things done around the house! (I know that weighs on me when I've got a long to-do list.) Good luck!
    3037 days ago
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    Take your vacation without guilt!! As long as you are back at it next Monday just let it rejuvenate you :) taking a break is good as long as one week doesn't turn to two, you are fine!!
    3037 days ago
    You can do it!
    It's ok to take a week off. It sounds like it will be an active rest week and that might be just what you need to recharge.
    3037 days ago
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