Link Love: Learning About Mental Strength & Rest Days

Brief post today–I’m sorry I haven’t written much this week, but with the new job and article deadlines, I’m still trying to figure out my new schedule.

I found a couple of articles that were pretty interesting and helped me learn something new about mental strength and physical strength, so I thought I’d share them with you:



Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid: I’m always trying to to figure out not only how to be physically strong, but mental strong–intellectually, will-power-wise, etc. This was eye opening and makes you think, “Do I do that? If so, how can I change it?”

Your New Lifestyle: Relax Your Way to High Performance: Re-think your “off days” from your training. I know I don’t really take off days, and when I do, they’re not all that relaxing.

The 80/20 Rule of Double Under Jump Rope Training: I hate double unders. I’m great at jump rope (singles), but I get so many welts on my legs and are when I work on my double unders, yet it’s something I want to be good at. Reading this has convinced me I need my own rope to practice at home…a lot.

Your turn: Share your favorite link you’ve read this week below! And have a great weekend!


Some Times You Just Need Rest

This week I have just felt exhausted. I hadn’t slept well all week, either, which doesn’t help. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve started to amp up my workouts for my half marathon training, or just one of those things where you just feel drained.

Some times you just need to learn to listen to your body and sleep, much like what the Stump Kids do on a daily basis...

Some times you just need to learn to listen to your body and sleep, much like what the Stump Kids do on a daily basis…

Either way, I decided I needed to listen to my body. Yesterday morning I wanted to do speed intervals for four miles on the treadmill, but after about two miles, I knew that wasn’t going to be, so I aimed for 3.5 miles. Suddenly, at 3.2 my legs just felt dead and I was worried I’d injure myself, so I stopped sprinting and just walked the last 0.3 miles at a slight incline. I took a little extra time to stretch, and then went home to walk the dogs and get ready for my day.

That night I wanted to do some weight training on my upper body, so I spent 20 minutes working with free weights (my activity was limited, since I had forgotten to pack a sports bra…grrr) and then headed home, relishing in the idea of relaxing all evening. M took the reins on dinner, so I grabbed my Kindle and read on the couch until it was ready. Later, I fixed myself a cup of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea from Celestial Seasonings (yum, one of my favorite flavors), and actually went to bed to read at 10. Half an hour later, I was out like a light!

I woke up this morning to my alarm going off at 6:30–the latest I’ve been able to sleep in a long time. I took my time getting out of bed (had to snuggle with the Corgi, you know) and then took my time getting ready for work after doing a few yoga poses to stretch and wake my body. It was perhaps one of the most relaxing work mornings I’ve ever had.

Today is a total rest day for me–my body told me it was tired, and I have an 8 mile run planned tomorrow morning, so why not. (My normal “rest days” include an hour-long yoga DVD in the am and weights in the pm.) We’re going to have dinner and play cards with friends tonight, and that’s exactly what I think my body, and psyche, needs after this hard week.