Nope — not a vacation in which I work out. That’s what Blend Retreat is. 😉
I want to reflect on this last 7 days: my impromptu workout vacation.
Our bodies need a break from time to time. I’ve gotten in the nasty habit of only taking a break when my body breaks down. This is comparable to neglecting to change the oil and rotate the tires regularly, and then getting upset when your car breaks down and you can’t use it for a while. Except our bodies are with us for LIFE. Cars? Not so much. So we need to take care of our bodies.
I had promised myself I’d take a rest week every month or two. So far I haven’t because I feel like all I’ve been doing is resting because I haven’t been working out as hard as I used to. But I’m still working out. And I think my body may have needed a bigger break back in August — maybe more than a 10-day hiatus.
I’ll confess — I didn’t plan this week as a rest week. But this is how it went down.
Last Saturday I was going to run 5K, then go to hot yoga, and then get adjusted. I woke up feeling gross, so I decided to skip the run, and go to yoga. I went to yoga, and almost threw up before class even started. So that was a no-go. Since I got adjusted that morning after my planned workouts, I wasn’t going to do any other exercise — it’s early in the NUCCA process, and I didn’t want to mess it up with jacking my body around. Plus, I still felt like crap.
Sunday I woke up and felt like crap. So I decided to take a planned rest day.
Monday I felt like complete crap. I took the day off of work, and had high hopes that I’d feel better by the end of the day, and maybe do a DVD or something. Nope. I still really, really felt like crap by the end of the day.
Tuesday was about the same.
And so was Wednesday, though I did make it in to work.
On Thursday I thought about going to yoga after work, but then I realized I had a pretty good streak of rest going on, so I resisted the urge to sign up for class.
I did end up walking over lunch on Friday, but I had to run some errands, so I wouldn’t call it exercise — I normally don’t.
So it’s Saturday now. Oddly, I’m kind of sad my little vacation is over. I think I needed it.
I even kind of want to take another week off and start fresh after Thanksgiving and actually hit it really hard (like the people that I hate seeing in the gym in January for one month — ick).
However, I know I will be really sad if I don’t complete my annual Thanksgiving run. So I plan to go to yoga today, and then do an hour of cardio at the gym (yuck, cardio equipment). I’ll probably run Monday or Tuesday (3-5 miles) and do another session of cardio or two to help build my endurance without slamming my ankle hard before Thursday. I should be ready to run my 10K route — it’s only 1 more mile than 5 miles, and I’ve consistently been able to hit 5 miles without stopping about once a week for the past two months.
But, whatever happens, I need to remember that only I can make myself happy, and no prescribed plan out there is going to do it. I need to remember what those things are that make me happy and do them.
So how about you? Would you take a workout vacation to reboot? Or would you take a vacation in which you work out?