Workout vacation. – life+running

Workout vacation.

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.

Only you can make you happy // // originally from



So how about you? Would you take a workout vacation to reboot? Or would you take a vacation in which you work out?

7 Comment

  1. I’m terrible about taking periods of rest. I build in my one rest day a week, and totally adhere to that. But otherwise, I just keep pushing. It’s a bad habit I’m sure.

    1. chimes says: Reply

      I used to build in 1 rest day, then it became 2. And now I’m really trying to focus on doing a few active rest days instead of one actual rest day, unless I’m really needing it. 🙂

  2. those weeks are very much needed, sometimes more mentally than anything. Ya know? Glad you shared this, we need to respond to restfulness.

  3. Rest is oh so important. In fact, I was really planning on running this morning, but after waking up and doing some yoga, I decided that’s it. That’s what was needed (maybe even more yoga) but as for the run, not happening today.

  4. I am all for taking a week off of working out. I do it when my body and my mind is tired.

    I really want to go on a vacation where I work out. When we go camping, we hike a lot. It is so fun!

  5. I am hoping that my upcoming trip to Georgia for Thanksgiving will be a nice rest period for me…of course with a marathon-running sister, I might just get roped in to a ‘rog’ or two….

    Also, I hate going to the gym in January. I want to be like, “Please get off of my machine. I reserved it in October when getting in shape was masked by your overconsumption of Halloween candy.” [Yes, I can be evil.]

    1. chimes says: Reply

      bitchslap! I love it. 🙂 and I feel the SAME WAY.

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