Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Unscheduled Rest Day

Okay. I took an unscheduled rest day yesterday. Wife had to work late so I had to get dinner going and on the table. Once I got dressed and out the door, it was getting pretty late. In my mind, I had already decided that my scheduled eight miler was going to be six. Then disaster. Only once before had this ever happened to me. It was my wrist. It beeped. "Batteries are low. Press Enter."

The last time this happened was at my last 10K, the Chinatown Firecracker 10K. I had thought to myself back then, "Okay, batteries are low. There should be enough left here for an hour." Guess what? The message should read "Batteries are dead dude!" My Garmin lasted about 10 minutes. Just long enough to make it past the start.

Having done his before, I knew the Garmin wasn't going to last. The wind was howling. It was getting close to 6:30. So I made a judgement call and decided to trade my Thursday rest day for Tuesday. My concern is the 10K I'm running Saturday. I wanted to be as rested as possible without putting too huge a dent in training volume this week. I had originally scheduled Thursday and Friday as rest days to meet that goal. I'm hoping that a short four mile recovery run on Thursday won't compromise that. I'll find out on Saturday!


  1. Sounds like a good call, deciding not to run yesterday. Good luck on your 10K... hope it goes well, even if you do run on Thursday. :)

  2. We have a 10K on Sunday, and it calls for us to run the last day on THURSDAY of this week. You should be fine. (Following Hal Higdon's training)

    I hope it goes well!!!

  3. Good call on taking a rest. I was running in SUPER wind the other night and it took it's toll. I'm now sick and can't run. Boo!

  4. Glenn, I agree, you made a good decision. No worries, your training has been going well. An easy run on Thursday followed by rest on Friday, and I think you should be more than rested for your 10k on Saturday. Good luck and best wishes!