I either run or I don’t, that’s the way it’s been for me, until yesterday. I actually did a real recovery walk/run and stuck to it.
If you’re not a runner, a recovery run is meant to help get rid of muscle soreness. If you’re sore after working out or running and you don’t move, I’m told and have found, that soreness stays with you. And believe me, you can’t run or fully exercise the soreness away. But if you can be disciplined enough to actually walk, stroll and slow jog, you can help work the aches out.
And that’s what I did. And I liked it so much I half-jokingly told myself I should just do recovery runs all the time. It was nice, I didn’t worry about the time or the distance. I just made a little deal with myself to walk large stretches and only jog a block at a time. Afterwards I felt much better and this morning I also have less pain.
Now, this is not to be confused with a rest day. A rest day is just that, you rest.
Anyway, I think it’s important to have recovery and rest days in all endeavors. I think it’s also the cause of so much burn out and at times failure when it comes to jobs, projects or even relationships. All or nothing isn’t really a great idea for anything, I think.
For what it’s worth, I’m trying to do that.
Keep running, keep writing.