Lessons Learned #3

Unscheduled rest days happen.  I typically try to follow a Monday through Friday plan for my workouts with Saturday and Sunday as scheduled off days.  This allows me to use Saturday as a makeup day if I should happen to miss a workout during the week.

When you have children, missed workouts can happen for many different reasons.  Lack of sleep due to a child who doesn’t feel well from being sick, having a nightmare or because they just can’t or don’t want to sleep that night.  Sometimes it is difficult to understand why your kid doesn’t want to sleep.  My wife deals with the majority of these nights; especially with our youngest, but I help out as often as I can.

Due to our busy schedule in the evening I am often getting to bed much later than I would like.  This makes it difficult to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to workout.  I have gotten into the bad habit lately of pushing that snooze button and rationalizing with myself that I can still workout if I only stay in bed for 10 more minutes.  Unfortunately I often sleep through the snooze or simply turn off the alarm and roll back over.

Sleep is so important to your recovery in training.  Lack of sleep is probably the leading cause of my missing workouts.  At 46 I cannot burn the candle at both ends the way I used to.  I find that I definitely need more sleep than I used to but I am not getting it.

It is important to recognize when your body needs a day off.  And it is equally as important to take the day off when needed.  Yesterday I woke up feeling tired, with sore muscles and a sore lower back.  I elected to workout anyway.  I pushed through a short workout and struggled mightily through it.  It was not a good workout at all.  I couldn’t match the pace I have been doing lately and the reps were very poor.

When I woke up this morning I felt the same as yesterday; tired, sore muscles and a sore lower back.  I originally planned on pushing through like I did yesterday.  After some internal deliberation I eventually decided to take a mid-week rest day.  I did not want a repeat of yesterday’s workout.   I am hopeful that I will feel better tomorrow and can get back on schedule.

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