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?