It's hard for me to take a day off from running. It messes with my mind and feels like I'm missing a crucial part of my life.
I know the benefits of recovery days, giving my muscles time to adapt and recover from hard workouts, repair damaged muscle tissue, reducing injury risks, and providing a mental break from the routine, increase motivation, recharge, refocus...
As a running coach, I advocate for rest days and design training plans around them, but despite all my knowledge and 14 years of experience, I have strayed from my own training plans and merged running with my life.
In other words, I have fallen into the trap of viewing running as a daily part of my life, rather than as a separate activity governed by its own set of rules and principles.
It may be time for me to seek out a coach to hold me accountable or to treat myself as one of my own athletes.
The saying "do as I say, not as I do" never sounded more accurate!