I never take rest days.
In part this is because I am not a professional athlete (obviously) and not even a respectable enough competitor to call myself an amateur athlete these days (embarrassingly).
In mostly this is because who needs to schedule a rest day when you can always count on "life days" to totally disrupt whatever training regime you are hanging onto by the peeling, chafed skin of your fingertips.
|Me taking one of many "life days" recently (and by the way that is my son's slobber on my shirt from where he was just previously laying on me not something I spilled and ignored for days while I wore the same clothes - I swear)|
Sadly, those life days don't tend to be conveniently interspersed between tough training days/weeks. Rather they tend to be clumped into sorry little lumps of days that leave you feeling like your life has become a parody of itself and leaves you wondering somewhat abstractly... did I wear these same yoga pants all day yesterday too?
Unfortunately, you don't come off of a life day feeling refreshed and energized ready to take on the next big thing. Rather all your exhausted body/mind wants to do is disappear into a glass(es) of wine and bath and bed and...well I guess those yoga pants don't look too dirty after all if the alternative means doing laundry.
So there you have it. If I actually took rest days and had to continue dealing with life days I would probably only get to work out 2-3 times per week for 30-60 minutes. Hey, wait a second, you say, isn't that what most people strive to do?
Yeah, I guess so. Probably. But you see they don't have my appetite, and if you think I am grumpy after a life day you don't even want to come near me if I have attempted a "diet day" or in my lexicon "eat like a normal person not a ravenous wolf" day. Trust me, you and I and the rest of the world would much rather that I just got in my run.
So I know my kids won't stop getting sick (for days at a time, sequentially) and work won't stop being hard and life won't stop happening so until all of that stuff sorts itself out you will see me pounding away when I can and taking the life days when I must and otherwise Getting.it.done.
....or drinking wine in a bath.