Is it ever ok to skip your run or workout? When is it the right time? Will skipping a run ruin your training? Inquiring minds want to know!
It’s ok to skip your run when you’re injured.
Running, or working out, through injury can be incredibly harmful and damaging. This should really go without saying, but I think we all know how runners can be. Give yourself sufficient time to heal from injury, so you can avoid hurting yourself worse or injuring something else, and you’ll be glad you took the time away from working out.
It’s ok to skip your run when you’re sick.
Especially now, in the time of COVID-19, give yourself permission to rest when your body is fighting something. Weakening yourself through exertion when you don’t need to never leads to positive results. I tend to lay off physical activity if I have a fever, or if the illness is in my chest or stomach. It can be ok to work out through allergies and sinus issues if you’re up to it, but please listen to your body and your medical professionals and focus on getting better!
It’s ok to skip your run when you’re tired.
Exhaustion is a great reason to skip your run or workout. There is zero point to skimping on sleep if you an avoid it, and these days, fatigue is so very real. Moving a body that’s already too tired can lead to unnecessary strains, breakdowns, and burn out, which is certainly a path to giving up. Sometimes, let the snooze button win and give yourself a break.
It’s ok to skip your run when you have a better offer.
While I am a person who takes her run and workout schedule pretty seriously (consistency is key for me), I am always happy to let it go if I have a better offer. Sometimes it’s date night with a few cocktails the night before a race or long run. Maybe your kids want some extra snuggles in the morning. It could be that your puppy has cuddled up on your lap and is too adorable to move. Take the better offers. The run will be there later, but cherish those precious memories in the now.
It’s ok to skip your run when you feel like it.
Seriously. It’s ok. Unless you are a professional or elite athlete who needs to hit very specific training milestones in a very specific timeframe, it’s 100% ok to bail on a run or workout if the mood strikes. Moving your body shouldn’t be a punishment or hardship. Sure, we should love to do it, but sometimes, the stars just don’t align in that way. If you’re not digging it, then peace out every once in a while, guilt-free.
Do you give yourself permission to skip runs and workouts or do you stick to your schedule no matter what?
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