Today I did something smart – I listened to my body.
(round of applause please.)
And took a complete rest day. The legs have been feelin’ creaky, cranky and achy – especially the IT band, which I definitely do not want to piss off.
In order to take the rest day and not drive myself crazy about it, I took a step back and looked at the bigger picture – do I want to get to the marathon healthy and un-injured?
Well duh, that sounds like a good idea.
So I forced myself to not run this morning before I left for the airport and flew back to NYC. I hate rest days – they leave me feeling sluggish and tight, and after this weekend’s feasting (oh, just wait…) a bit bloated as well. Crappy as I feel, I know by now that complete rest days are necessary. Especially when marathon training and putting a lot of stress on your body.
Here’s a great article from Runner’s World on how important rest days are. I guess knowing that they actually help overall performance makes it a bit easier to take one every now and again, yeah?
So, on to the feasting.
One of the things I always look forward to most when visiting my hometown in the ‘burbs of Buffalo is seeing this lady.
And eating her amazing, out-of-this-world food.
My great-grandmother, we call her Nonna (Italian, yo) makes the kind of sauce, meatballs and lasagna that could make a grown man (or woman) weep with joy.
She’s 95 and doesn’t really do recipes – this stuff is ingrained in her memory.
She prepped days ahead of time for a delicious Sunday afternoon lunch with a fun bunch of fam.
Definitely not complete without meatballs.
And the main event – cheesy, ricotta-y deliciousness. And mmm, carbs.
Added some greens, of course. 🙂
Seriously the most amazing meal in the entire world. I (obviously) had room for seconds and dessert (nearly 30 miles in three days will do that to you).
Chocolate cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting.
We really go big or go home! This meal was shared with four generations of family and couldn’t have been better 🙂
The copious amounts of food was also perfect refueling from an easy 7.1 miles ran in the early morning on Sunday along the Niagara River and Erie Canal. I was dragging a bit after being out celebrating (?) at my high school’s 10 year reunion (oh yes, I’m old…) until the wee hours.
With Meg – one of my oldest and dearest 🙂
I’m glad to be back in NYC (um, when did it get cold, btw?) after a fab, too short weekend and getting ready for some bright and early tempo miles in the a.m.
Hope everyone had good weekends (and Mondays)!
Question: Thoughts on rest days? Do you take ’em?