Giving My Body A (Slight) Break

I like to run in the morning at least five days a week.

I’m sure many people will say that’s too much, but it’s how I like to start my day. It’s much less about the calorie burn than it is about spending some time by myself to maintain my sanity.

So needless to say I was upset when my alarm went off this morning and I could hear the rain pouring down outside.

I contemplated running in the rain. If it’s not coming down too hard, I find a misty morning run to be soothing.

But I’ll admit it: My body is tired.

I can handle the exercise and I can handle working hard at the office. I thrive on those things. But between the move on Saturday, the constant need to unpack and busy days at work—plus trying to balance my new found blogging obsession—I’m feeling a bit exhausted.

I used to wake up at 6 am, now I’m getting up at 5:30 am.

I used to run 5 miles in the morning, now I’m going for 6.

So I know it’s OK that I let myself sleep in this morning instead of pushing it. I have a constant need to “go hard or go home” all the time. Every now and then I need someone to say, “Ali, it’s OK to take a break.”

Today that person was ABS. He convinced me not to run in the rain, even though part of me wanted to. I was kind of mean to him about it. (Sorry, love you!)

As I ponder running a marathon in 2011, I know I need to ease up on my constant need to be on the go. I’ll need to rest my body and running every single day, plus long runs on the weekends, will surely lead me to an injury.

TALK TO ME: Do you tend to push yourself too hard, even when you know it’s not good for you? I think this is one of my greatest weaknesses (Ugh, yes, I’ll admit that I have weaknesses!) and it’s something I need to work on.

I did still get a workout in today by taking Tesuto at the gym. I’m very “blah” about that class. I don’t love it, but it’s a good toning class and I love strength training however I can get it! My body will definitely appreciate the cardio break it got today though.

ABS is at a Red Bulls soccer game tonight, so I had the apartment to myself. I unpacked some more, watched some TV and relaxed. Now it’s off for an early bedtime.




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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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