Training: Rest is also Training

hiking the palisades

I had all of the intentions to run through the week, but then I felt like garbage.  On Monday I woke up sore, burned out, and not wanting to run.

So I didn’t.  I had the day off, and I decided to make a quick trip up to North Jersey and go hiking outside.  It was a beautiful day, and I wanted to be outside, but I didn’t want to run.  The hike was challenging but fun and I’m glad I enjoyed that.  While yes, running is my “primary workout activity,” it’s not the only thing I enjoy.  I enjoy hiking every bit as much as running.

hiking the palisades

The rest of the week I had no interest to run.  Each morning, I woke up and felt blah.  By Friday I thought I might go for a run but gave it another day.  My college coach once said: days off, saves months off.  I do believe if I hadn’t given myself a few days off, nothing would have changed.  My mentality is completely different from last week.

On Saturday, I ran a short run and I felt good.  It was the first time I actually wanted to get out there.  Things are not perfect, and I do feel as though my muscles need a lot of care.  I don’t feel bad, or sore, but my legs are tight.

Monday: Hiking the Palisades
Tuesday; Rest
Wednesday; Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday; Easy 30 minutes
Sunday: Easy 30 minutes

The goal until the April Fools Half marathon is to focus on recovery and rest.  I would love to get a workout that makes me confident in running again, but I don’t want to overdo anything.  Making it to the start and finish line is the most important to me.

I feel as though I’m progressing in the right direction with running, but I still have longer to go.

Posts of the Week:

Hiking the Palisades

Phillies 5k (19:07) 

Questions for you:

Have you ever felt burned out with running?  How do you get through it?

How was your Easter?


  1. I love your approach to training! I think you probably have saved yourself a lot of burnout time by taking this time off.

  2. Thank you for sharing this honest post, Hollie. I have been extremely burned out from running lately and am taking a step back. It just seems like every time I start to increase mileage/speed/whatever I end up feeling like an injury is coming or just more overall fatigue. Instead I am focusing on other types of exercise for a bit…I think we forget just how much of a workout OTHER things than running can be! (Just like you were referring to hiking). Thanks again!

    1. I appreciate your support and feedback LeAnne! I know I’m prone to sometimes thinking: “running is the only workout” but a few years ago I was walking around NYC and realized how invalid that thought process was. You are definitely being smart and I hope you’re able to get out of that burnout cycle.

  3. I just cross trained last week except two short runs. This week I might run three times but probably mostly cross training. Honestly, running stresses me out right now and I have too much going on with work and life to deal with the stress of running. I can hop on the machines and seriously drown out LIFE for 60 min. and I’d rather to do that. You have a ton of fitness and there are always more races, so no need to push the training unless you really want to. This is a lifelong sport after all 🙂

  4. Yessss #restdaybrags, if you don’t feel right you probably need it. I rested yesterday. I might today. I was feeling bad but also was like lolz you are marathon tapering right now, taking an extra couple of rest days is fine.

    1. I think you are making a smart choice. You aren’t going to gain anything fitness wise between now and your marathon so that rest will definitely help.

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