I wasn't going to take a rest day on Friday but that's what I ended up doing. I originally thought I would sleep in and run after work. However, I have been sick since Sunday and while I thought I was getting better, work on Friday was rough. I was so fatigued, lightheaded, and couldn't focus on anything. I don't know how I made it through the day.
The drive home from work woke me up a bit. When I got home, I laid out my running clothes and tried to pump myself up for a run. "I'm not going long," I told Paul. "Only 3-4 miles." But then I thought to myself... This is ridiculous. I am sick. There is no reason to run right now. If I ran now, I would be running junk miles.
Actually, yes, I would have regretted that workout!
I figured it would be best to just shower and relax for the rest of the night. I'd be running the next day. If I rested now, I'd have more energy (and hopefully not be sick!) for a kick ass run on Saturday morning.
I used to never take rest days. I used to run lots of junk miles. I am glad I've seen the light and pick quality miles over quantity. (Most of the time. I'm not perfect.) I want to be strong and I want to be able to run forever. The only way that can happen is if I take care of my body and give it the rest it needs to repair, recover, and come back stronger!
How do you decide when you're too sick to run?
Do you plan rest days or do you just listen to your body?