Day 23: Rest

Part of learning to run was reading about running. I started checking out articles online about training, breathing, stretching, etc. for running. There is a lot to learn.

One thing that almost everyone agrees with is that while training to run, you must take days to rest. The  Couch to 5K program suggests running only three days a week. A half-marathon training plan I checked out has running, walking, cross-training (biking or swimming) and strength training for six days, always including a day for rest.

Rest is important for recovery, replenishment and injury prevention.

As a beginning runner, I am glad for rest days. There’s no need to worry about me running every day. It’s just not going to happen.

In life, though, I wonder if we know how to truly rest? Do we know how to take a day off for recovery, replenishment and injury (burnout) prevention?

I’m an American, you know. We’re all about productivity, efficiency, multi-tasking and the like.

My husband sometimes takes days off from his job to do work around our house. We take a vacation and it’s so jam-packed with activity that we need a vacation from our vacation when we get home. The internet, email and social media keep us connected constantly. We are bombarded with things to do.

 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.  — Genesis 2:1-2

God worked. He created the entire universe. And then He rested. It’s pretty plain and simple. We should work. We should work hard. We also should rest. We are not above God. Why do we sometimes live like we are?


3 thoughts on “Day 23: Rest

  1. Our women’s Sunday School class is studying Hebrews. We just had a lesson on rest last week 🙂
    “For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken of another day after that. So there remains a Sabbth rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be dilligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:8-11

    The faith-rest life is the realization that we are simply to rest in faith and trust in the promises of God, NOT to strain to please Him by our own efforts, or works.

    rest = cease from work, rest in faith and truth, not to strain to please Him


  2. Pingback: Day 1: 31 Days of Learning to Run « It's the little things.

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