Today I decided to take a much needed  rest from running. A combination of heavy mileage last, a 32 km (20 mile) run yesterday and not enough sleep over the weekend made it an easy decision.

Although I had a bit of a streak going, my last rest day was just over a week ago, taking a day of rest today was the right call to make. Resting today will turn out to be more beneficial than whatever mileage I would have managed to complete today.

I am currently at the point where I am completing my heaviest mileage before the Ottawa Marathon. Last week I completed 100 km and my plan for this week is the same. Therefore, tonight’s rest will be beneficial in helping me hit that goal.

I think had I decided to run tonight whatever mileage I completed would have been worth the risk of getting injured or sick. Tomorrow I will get back on track toward my goal for the week.

When you reach a point where you are physically and mentally exhausted do you find it easy take a rest day or do you try to push through?

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