Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day 48 - It's time to rest

This is a tough post to write because I've been thinking about what it would be like to take a day off during this "running streak" or "Running Challenge" and I just feel like today is the day. This isn't the end of my running progression I can promise you that. I've just been trying to listen to my body more and more over the past 48 days and I think rest sometimes is actually a really good thing for the body. I went into this running challenge wanting to run a mile a day for 30 days, anything past 30 days was an added bonus. I wanted to try something I could stick with and keep at for a long time. But I think I got so caught up on wanting to keep the "streak" alive, that I almost didn't care if I was hurting, or if I was sore, or how my body was feeling. That isn't a good thing, Rest is very good for your body whether you are running each day, or whether you are working out everyday. Instead of being upset that I won't run more than 48 days straight, I am taking this opportunity to rest just for a day. I will be right back at it tomorrow. But I'm going to do something different. If I want to run a mile tomorrow, I'm going to run a mile, if I want to run 2 miles in a couple days that's what I'm going to do. If I need to take a rest day every couple weeks, then that is exactly what I am going to do. I'm going to listen to myself and my body and not try to push through the pain that could hurt me and make me miss running more days than just a rest day every once in a while.

I'm also going to go and get fitted for a new pair of running shoes this week. It has to be done, and it's way over due. I've had the running shoes I am currently running in for over three years, and if I'm going to keep up this running thing, which I plan to, I need a decent pair of shoes. The past 48 days have shown me that I can go out and somewhat enjoy running. I'm not afraid of it any longer. I don't mind waking up at six in the morning to run, and that is going to continue.

For everyone who has supported me through this time and tracked my journey, thank you for the love and support. This journey isn't even close to being done, I'm still working on losing weight, and I'm still going to do whatever I can to run as much as I can. I'll let you know how tomorrow's run goes, but until next time, Today is for rest. And that is exactly what I am going to do.

- Robbie

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