I hope you all day a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.
Mine was spent doing a little bit of work and a whole lot of relaxing and recharging before the craziness of September and October begin. This coming month I’m going to 2 music festivals; KAA BOO and then CRSSD at the end of the month then during October I’ll be traveling for work back and forth from San Diego to either Texas or Florida almost every single week THEN poof it’s the holidays AHHHHH!
With everything I have going on it got me thinking about how important it is to have a workout schedule in place so I don’t start skipping workouts and ending up weak and 5 lbs heavier before the holidays even begin.
Most people look for any excuse NOT to workout.
Me, I go through my day trying to find any excuse TO workout and sometimes even how I can workout twice.
Which mentality is better? The answer is neither!
A couple weeks ago I was talking with a friend about our current exercise routines. We both work out 6x/ week admittedly to almost an obsessive level where we feel guilty taking days off fearing that it will hinder our progress.
Are we crazy? Yes, probably!
Is skipping 1 workout to go to happy hour with friends really going to make you gain 10 lbs? Absolutely not!
In fact sometimes taking a rest day can be more beneficial than forcing a workout! Rest days are so important to allow your body to recover and build itself back stronger than ever! Skipping necessary rest days can actually lead to very harmful side effects and dramatically increases your risk for developing an injury!
Exactly 1 month ago today I ran the Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Marathon aka my first full marathon! I’m reallu only now feeling like my body is recovered and ready for some running again.
I knew running a marathon would be challenging but never in a million years did I think I’d feel the effects from running 26.2 miles for an entire month. The first couple weeks my body was in shock going from VERY intense training to doing nothing. I experienced extreme hunger related panic attacks, almost pulling a muscle in gentle yoga, not being able to run 1 mile and just overall fatigue no amount of sleep could help.
Buttttt that’s a blog post for another day and if any of you are interested in hearing more about my post marathon struggles shoot me an email.