Good Morning! It’s Wednesday. I’m a little stressed because I believe healthy living isn’t just about what I eat or if I do any fitness. It also about getting enough sleep, having a clean/organized living space, staying on top of chores and seeing doctors when appropriate.
Well, today I have my first dentist appointment in probably 6+ years. I really don’t like dentists and can probably blame my 8 years of orthodontia with monthly visits to get my teeth and jaw aligned as causing my fear of dentistry. To make matters worse I’ve always taken really good care of my teeth, which has led to me surviving 24 years cavity free.
I don’t know what a cavity feels like but I think I might have one. This could be a very traumatic experience this afternoon.
A super guilty pleasure of mine is yogurt and granola.
I used vanilla yogurt (the diary kind) and added 2/3 cup Cascadia Farms oatmeal raisin granola. Yum!
I never make this because I simply can’t control myself. Once I open the granola door I usually have a hard time closing it back up and snacks, meals, sneaky handfuls become a daily granola event.
Hopefully I wont need Granola rehab after this.
How do I know it’s time for a Rest Day?
If you want to read my first post about rest days go here. After writing that post I still thought having an idea of actually when to take a rest day was still fuzzy so I did some more reading and I came across this list that I found really helpful.
7 Things [from Runners World] to tell you it’s time for a Rest Day
- Body Mass. If you lost weight from yesterday it’s time for a rest day because you are probably dehydrated. Dehydration can cause a workout to be detrimental to a training plan.
- Resting Heart Rate. If your resting heart rate is higher than normal. Runners World recommends taking a pulse each morning right out of bed to establish what is normal for you. An elevated heart rate means the body is stressed, it can’t differentiate the difference between psychological stress and physical stress so it’s prepared to fight or flight. A hard run, difficult day at work, or something emotionally taxing can all require an extra rest day from training.
- Several Nights of BAD Sleep. Basically not sleeping enough. Several good nights of sleep allows the body to rebuild muscles faster while not enough sleep slows down reaction time for immune, cognitive and motor functions. No sleep, no run!
- Energy Level. As runners we know how to push through just about anything so this one requires honesty. If your exhausted from work, yesterday’s workout, even your neighbor it’s time for a rest day. Don’t just look to your muscles for this one.
- Sickness! Any kind of illness, including our womanly time, needs extra energy to fuel our immune systems. Don’t just push through it.
- Injured. Don’t push through injuries, most will heal on their own after a day of rest and if not think about seeing a doctor.
- Performance!!!!!!!! I think this one is the most important. If your muscles felt sluggish, your splits were slow, your run was just hard and left you tired your probably in need of a rest day. Especially if you trend a few “poor” workouts in a row, definitely take a break. Runners World recommends trending workouts. Multiple Good workouts in a row is fabulous but 2-3 poor workouts is bad news.
Based on this list I’m ready for a rest day. Yesterday my slow run with Dorothy was hard and it’s never hard. My muscles also feel pretty tired so it’s Rest Day for me. Which is good because I’m a little stressed, sleep deprived, and focused on the dentist appointment I have at 1:45 this afternoon.