This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
This morning I got ready to run with Bennie and by the time we got to the end of the driveway, I decided not to run. Yes, I was dressed for running, but didn't.
What's wrong Harold?
Nothing as far as I can tell.
No new aches or pains, I was in bed at the normal time last night, wasn't suffering any flu or cold symptoms, work has been pretty good and I have a positive attitude about things.
Nope, I just didn't feel like running today and I felt very strongly about it.
Let's back up for a minute.
All morning, I was feeling a little "off" and tired, but I have a certain mileage that I wanted to get to this week, which meant that I sort of, well kind of wanted to run, but just didn't feel like it. In the past I would just go ahead and make myself run and then be blah OR pissy the rest of the day.
Not all runs are created equal and when I am in that kind of mood, running is not the answer.
So I told myself that I would change into my running stuff, get Bennie geared up and then once we were outside finally make the decision of whether to run or not.
I have run a lot of miles already this week (for me that is) and have been doing them at a higher quality than I have for a while. I had a feeling that my body and mind were telling me that they needed a little down time.
When I got down to the end of the driveway - I had absolutely zero desire to run.
Zippo, zilch, nada, nothing and all those other things that told me to bag it, tag it and walk away.
So I took the day off.
Yes, Bennie and I went for a walk up on the snowmobile trail, but not too far and then I left my gym bag at home, so I wouldn't be tempted to stop and play on the treadmill on the way home from week.
The reality is that
Sometimes, you just gotta listen to what your body is telling you.
Yeah, I could have bulled my way to 3-4 miles and everything probably would have been just fine. However, this year is not about a certain mileage total, it is about running healthy, feeling good and enjoying my running. Along with that running faster thing.
Rest is a part of running 365. I don't streak well and for me to be a healthy runner, I have to strike a good balance between running and resting. Rest is not a 4-letter word.
Today, I wouldn't have enjoyed the run, so I get put a green line (a good thing) in the running log today.
It was the correct choice.