I have exercise-induced guilt.
I’m flying to a funeral on Friday morning and I’ll be gone all weekend. Running probably isn’t an option because I don’t know the area and it might not be safe. My current running schedule calls for runs on Friday and Saturday, which probably can’t happen (my flight leaves at 7). Thursday is supposed to be a rest day.
Here’s where it gets dicey: I hate running more than 2 days in a row and I’m pretty sure more than 3 would destroy my body. That means I can fit in 3 runs this week (mostly cause I didn’t plan ahead) and I’ve already done 2 of them. I’m also not sure I’m up for a solo 5 miler (LSD for the week), but I’m gonna try to do something longer tomorrow morning. That means when I woke up feeling beyond exhausted this morning I decided to skip the run and take it as a sign that my body needs a break.
The thing is, I feel so guilty! Every morning that I skip a run, I feel like I’m going to crawl out of my own skin from the guilt. I can’t enjoy anything all day because I feel bad. That’s not healthy. I’m planning to go to krav maga tonight, but even if I don’t, rest days are good too. Yes, this whole weekend is rest days, but one off week when I’ve been feeling so burnt out is probably not a bad things, right?
Why do I need the people of the internet to reinforce my decisions about my body? I’m not sure where all this guilt comes from. Sometimes it’s a good thing because it keeps me moving, but when it’s this paralyzing because of one bad week, something probably isn’t right.
Do you get exercise-induced guilt? How do you deal with it? How do you handle training burn out? I like Abby‘s suggestion of reading books about awesome athletic feats. Now to find some that actually come on the Nook. What’s your favorite running book?
Edited to add: Mr. Big Pants is in the hospital and we are supposed to be flying to NC on Friday, so updating may be light to non-existant for a few days. I have at least one post scheduled while I’m gone, though.