This week, I’m making a conscious choice to scale back my workouts a bit. I’ve been in this go-go-go hard-workout two-a-day-if-possible mindset ever since winter break. And it felt great… until last week. My body just became exhausted. And when I get tired, I get cranky. And anxious. And borderline depressed. So, after my anxiety-ridden long run this weekend, and in an effort to achieve a healthy balance in my life, I decided to give my body a bit of a break this week.
Instead of squeezing in an hour (or two or three) of high-intensity workouts every day of the week, I’ve instead focused on doing what feels good. On Monday, I coached my way through a Kosama class, then called it good for the day. On Tuesday, I did a 30-minute interval walk on the treadmill, followed by 20 minutes of low-intensity mat exercises. This morning, I did two of the three supersets from my Total Body Workout, then ran 3 treadmill miles at an easy pace. All of it has felt good.
I’m hoping that by taking this extra time to breathe during the week, I will be ready for the weekend. I have a 12-mile training run on Saturday, and this week I’d like to look forward to and enjoy it… the way I always have in the past.
When do you know it’s time to scale it back? How often do you take a rest day?