Last night, I made a decision to end my runstreak after 18 days. I have run or walked at least a mile daily since Thanksgiving. I intended to keep this streak up until Christmas – a total of 40 days. Last week Wednesday, I barely made it. I got the mile in through my 1/2 mile back and forth to my car. My body was feeling rundown so I didn’t make it to Water Aerobics that day and I LOVE Water Aerobics. I kept up with it through this weekend. I got 8 miles in between Friday – Sunday! Great for my training goals; bad for my recovery. I exceeded my monthly goal to hit at least 10 miles a week for December at the expense of my health.
Every runner knows that it is essential to build rest breaks into your training schedule. Your body needs to rest and recover between workouts so that you don’t risk injury. (For more information about rest from training and why you need it, click here.)
I’m still recovering from major abdominal surgery. I not only need time to rest because of my training but also because of my hysterectomy. Only a few weeks ago, I needed to nap after conquering the stairs between my first and second floors or walking to the corner. I may be able to run 3-4 miles at a time again but I am not fully healed. So that being said, I will not be running today. I will be going back to my 3 day a week running schedule plus one cross-training day. This gives me 3 days of nothing but normal activity – family, work, friends, etc. This will still net me more than 10 miles a week and help me reach my training goals.
For my other goals, I am still doing ok. Today’s Elf for Health challenge is to drink your weight in ounces of water. I’m aiming for half of my weight as drinking my full weight in water is not healthy for my kidneys. I have noticed that a lot of people tend to not drink enough water during the day. So I would encourage you to drink at least the recommended 8 glasses of water today and every day.