A new perspective.

by Elizabeth on July 22, 2013

Let’s start off our Monday with a little heart to heart, shall we?

I’m just going to throw it out there? Sunday rest days are still really hard for me! I went almost 5 years in high school/college without taking a day off from running. Don’t get me wrong, I love sleeping in, eating breakfast, and hanging out with Joe and Noah until it’s time to leave for church! It is however, a struggle to shake the feeling that I’m being lazy, getting “behind” (behind what I don’t really know?), or SHOULD be doing something active. I decided to change my perspective as the day went on. Instead of challenging my body, I realized I was challenging my mind. I don’t want to be a slave to running or anything else for that matter, so days off are vital for overall wellness. Who’s to say that challenging your mind’s habitual ways of unhealthy thinking isn’t just as much of a workout as running? Not me!

I took Noah to the park while Joe watched the British Open and we had a blast :-)

Noah took a 28 minute nap and when he woke up we “needed” to return the red box to the McDonald’s down the street. Joe made the executive decision to get a dipped cone. The verdict: non-dipped > dipped.

I’m still working on my dinner photography skills. Chicken and cheese calzone with a side of marinara for dipping.

That about sums up our Sunday! I hope you had a great weekend!

I mentioned it yesterday but be on the lookout for my sister’s GUEST POST later in the week!!


1. Rest days: love ‘em or hate ‘em?

2. Non-dipped vs. dipped ice cream cone? Was anyone else obsessed with that swirl ice cream (half chocolate, half vanilla) when they were a kid?

3. What was the highlight of your weekend?

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy @ Long Drive Journey July 22, 2013 at 6:58 am

Love rest days, but only if I’m sure I can run the next day. When I took time off while I was sick, I hated them. Highlight of my weekend was a grill out on the deck overlooking the Long Island Sound. Perfect summer day!
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2 Cori @ olivetorun July 22, 2013 at 7:01 am

Rest days are usually difficult for me too… My day off from running is Sunday and I can cross train so I started to do swimming. It’s a great way to be active while doing something fun but ISN’T running… It’s helped me from going crazy. :)
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3 Corrine @ Eat Run Wine July 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

I hate rest days, too!! I forced myself to take one yesterday as well, though. I ran 10 miles on Saturday and 39 total for the week- and it had been exactly 13 days since my last full rest day! So I talked myself into reading on the couch all day one with my husband :)

I don’t eat icecream anymore. I don’t particularly like dipped though because I think it makes it harder to eat!

The highlight of my weekend was successfully running 10 miles with an 8:17 pace for the first time in months, and then completing 3 full books the rest of the weekend while being lazy with my husband :) LOVE relaxing weekends!
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4 Ashley @ OurPersonalRecords July 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

What about something like yoga on your rest days? I bet it would help ease your mind about being lazy, while still actively recovering. I like rest days, but also have the internal struggle not to feel guilty about it. Why the guilt? I have no idea. I was obsess with dipped ice cream as a kid, but now I think it’s too messy. I’d rather eat a Klondike.


5 Elizabeth July 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

That’s a great idea! Thank you!!!


6 Carly @ Snack Therapy July 22, 2013 at 7:20 am

I used to always get swirl cones from the gas station! I definitely prefer non-dipped cones- the dipped ones are so dang messy. Great job on taking those rest days, girl. I have no problem taking days off of working out, but then gain I’ve never been an “athlete.”
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7 Lindsey @ OneMotherofaDay July 22, 2013 at 7:20 am

I always take 1 rest day a week. It is hard even for me to take 1 day off. I have to say non-dipped cone! Yummm…now I want one! My highlight of my weekend was my 14 miler yesterday morning. My second straight long run that was 14 miles.
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8 Lisa July 22, 2013 at 7:21 am

That’s an amazing way to look at your Sunday’s now. Taking a day off does not mean you’re lazy in the slightest. In fact, it will make you a stronger runner in the end by resting fully for a day. We all need recovery time, it’s so important. And working our minds can be just as important as working the body.
But on that same note, I still find rest days a little challenging too. It does get better with time though.
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9 Amy @ Run Mom Run July 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

I have a hard time on rest days that aren’t typical (like when I was camping last week). I know that missing one workout won’t be a big deal in the long run, but it was so hard for me to miss it.

I don’t usually have a problem with rest days that are scheduled, like Sundays. I’m so busy with church on Sundays that I’m grateful that I don’t have anything else to squeeze in!
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10 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run July 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

I love rest days!! I think they’re amazing.
Also I love dipped cones. They’re just kind of messy to eat. And yes, I always always ordered swirl. Why would you just get one flavor if you could get two?!
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11 Sandy July 22, 2013 at 8:35 am

I actually look forward to my rest days because I have stepping up my training and also added in more cross training. When my rest day rolls around my body is ready for it. I love dipped cones but the dip has to be cherry!


12 Jill C. July 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

I’m good with rest days as long as they are planned. I HATE having to take an unexpected rest day due to illness or weather. That’s the worst.
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13 Jenn July 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

I definitely like taking rest days on days that it works out more conveniently and not restricting myself to a specific day. Especially in the summer, life gets so crazy with traveling so I like knowing that I can take a day off when I would be super busy —it’s really reassuring to me!
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14 Laura @losingrace July 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

I find that rest days are better for me when I take them on an unplanned rest day. Planned rest days drive me nuts, but when I switch my schedule around due to life or how I am feeling and take an unplanned rest day I tolerate it much better. Something about “being told by the plan” on when to rest–thank you very much I will decide when to rest!

That calzone looks amazing!!

I’m not a dipped cone person, gimme straight ice cream!
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15 Debbie @ DebRuns July 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

I’m still obsessed with swirl soft ice cream/frozen yogurt! I do OK with rest days, but I usually do something else like lifting weights on my running rest days.

My weekend was great since I attended a family reunion and got to hang out and go on a hike with my cousins! :-)
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16 Andrea R. @ Morning Runner Girl July 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Rest Days– hate them! But I promised my doctor that I would try to incorporate 1 TOTAL REST DAY into my week, each week. Its hard… but my tired body needs it!!

Never had a mcdonalds cone! But I bet I would want un-dipped…

SUCH cute pictures :)
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17 Stefanie July 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I like rest days but can have a hard time taking one. It is easier when I have something planned or someone else is home so I don’t go crazy.


18 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections July 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I love dipped cones! So so good.

I am hit or miss with rest days. I find that when it’s my designated rest day, I don’t want to. But when I need to run, I want to rest. Sometimes I take an unplanned rest day, but then I usually end up taking the planned one too, which sometimes makes me feel lazy. But I try to just listen to what my body needs. And I really don’t ever want running to feel forced, so if I’d rather eat dirt than run that day, I don’t!
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19 Sarah @ A Refining Adventure July 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Girl, I can totally relate. I feel like days when I do light workouts or rest all together are “lazy” days. I would (and sometimes still) feel awful about myself. My nutritionist recently pointed out that EVERYTHING we do uses calories and energy (ie. breathing, tapping your toe, clenching your hands, swinging your leg, etc.). That helped me to change my perspective. Plus, like you said…I don’t want to be a slave to ANYTHING, exercise and movement included. Thanks for sharing!! I’m sure there are lots who can identify.


20 Lauren July 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

The highlight of my weekend was just having some freedom and self time. I’m definitely a non-dipped cone but COVERED in sprinkles!!! Sprinkles make everything better :D


21 Jen Floyd @ milesandblessings July 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Rest days are hard for me too, but I am getting better about it for sure. I used to never take rest days, although I was eunning about 30-35 miles a week then and I am doing closer to 45-50 now. Even if I wasn’t feeling well (unless I was REALLY sick) I still ran. I ran almost every day of both of my pregnancies (granted it was slower and less miles). I had to change the mindset that I was in; I felt like if I didn’t run I couldn’t eat or could not eat very much that day. I have really had to change my whole midset about running and nutrition and that was not easy.
Not dipped for me
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22 Wendy @ All Kinds of Miles July 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Rest days are really hard to “justify” some days, and other days, I feel like I might never run again. It’s such a fine balance, but taking days off does wonders for my motivation and reminds me why I love running so much!


23 Kelly - IRUNLIKEAGIRL July 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

struggle with rest days too. you said it well when you said you’re challenging your mind. that’s exactly how I’ve started to look at it and remind myself that “rest is my workout” which means it’s a really hard workout day!… non-dipped with fudge.. and sprinkles! weekend highlight was dinner out with close friends and hiked mount tam with peter :)
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