Almost every runner I know has difficultly taking time off from their workouts. I know that often times when I take a rest I am thinking: “If I take time off I will lose something.” My body, strength or mind will diminish and it will be even more difficult to get that back if I stop. Perhaps I am unconsciously thinking “everything is out of control around me, but I can control one thing….running.” Whatever the reasons, even elite athletes will tell you that recovery is a huge part of overall performance.
I have learned this in my running, many of my experienced runner friends, have reinforced this in me, and, finally, after a few years of overtraining and injury I get it that I need to recover and rest between difficult workouts and races. Everyone is different and requires a different amount of rest but we all need down time. If I put in too many miles in a week, my body begins to break down not build up. Parenting is no different, although I am still learning in this department. We all need breaks if we put in too much, the quality of our parenting diminishes. We become tired and impatient.
It was just the two of us, and, I have to say, not only did I come home feeling refreshed, happier, and more patient but I have added a whole new layer of love for my little nippers (which I did not think possible, as I adore them as much as a mother can) Initially, it was very difficult for me to leave my tearful kids at the airport, but this trip was planned several months ago and once I got there I was good plus my children were with their awesome Daddy Rob McClellan. My Old Man and I had so much fun! Here’s some pics from the trip: