The running rest week is hard. After my injury and surgery, when I was off my feet FOREVER, I never wanted to take a rest week again. For an athlete, that’s not reasonable, and taking a break every so often is actually such a healthy way to
Schedule Your Rest Week On Vacation
I knew that I would be unable to run at Scout camp. Not only is running against the rules at camp (for safety reasons), I would be unable to accomplish it safely in the woods and on the hilly, rocky trails. It wasn’t the perfect time for a rest week, but it was a good time, so I figured I could make the best of the situation. Vacation is a solid time to take that break, so you don’t have to worry about scheduled training while trying to enjoy yourself.
Focus Your Energy On Something Else
Runners who aren’t running are infamous for being less than pleasant. In order to keep my mind off the fact that I wasn’t running, I filled my hours with other physical activities. I made sure to continue my run/walk/jog streak, getting in one mile of dedicated walking every day. Sure, that was what I timed on my Garmin, but the truth is that most days, I walked more than ten miles around camp. I also did some swimming, and even played a round of (terrible) golf.
Try Something New
Just because you are taking a running rest week doesn’t mean you can’t focus your energy on something new and different. Maybe try out a trial class at a nearby gym. Do some dance challenges on TikTok. There are so many options for fun, active things and now would be a great time to try them.
Just because you’re not running doesn’t mean you need to punish yourself. Indulge a little. Treat yourself. Go to bed late and sleep in, if it feels right. Having a rest week means giving yourself a break from all the “rules” and offering yourself grace. Take advantage of it.
Look Forward To Your Return
Sometimes, the best part of coming back is the return. Take your time to plan your first run back. Maybe go to a new location, or get a cute new outfit to celebrate. Bask in the awesomeness of the comeback and use those miles to remember what you love about this sport.
How do you get through your rest weeks?
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