Today is a rest day for me. I will admit that I am not fond of my rest days. In fact, it creates mental anguish for me — not constantly, but a bit heavy in the beginning of the day and bits and pieces of this anguish slip in throughout the day. I fight with myself — finally realizing that I could actually enjoy the day and know that my workouts later in the week will yield excellent results.
To get stronger, we build up, but then we have to sit back and allow our bodies to rebuild from all the breakdown we have caused. That is one reason this is important. The other; however, is to prevent injury. So I ask myself if I would rather have one day off and amazing workouts that help me get stronger and be a better athlete, or would I rather have 8-12 weeks off due to an injury?
It is then, that I realize the peace my body and mind long for and I enjoy my day.
A better athlete does not come from running as hard as you can every day, but rather from knowing how to manage it and sticking to the plan.
Don't forget to rest.