So, yesterday, quite spontaneously, I had a full rest day. Not as in an active rest day. Not as in, went for a long walk with the dog and played dodgeball with the kids in the park, even. A complete rest day. So much so that after making breakfast for the troops, I went back to bed and read a book (about myo-fascial release techniques - it was ony a rest from physical training) until 12.30! Then sat in the sunshine and watched the kids playing and rounded off the afternoon with another heavy reading session on the sofa of Dog and had an early night. I did not wear a single piece of activewear all day.
Woke up this morning feeling as if I had been out on an all-weekend bender. Aching everywhere, muscle, joint and bone. Dehydrated, chalk-mouthed, bleary eyed. head thumping, just wanted to pull the duvet back over my head and sleep.
had 400m runs with burpees and thrusters as warmup and I was hands on knees after each of the runs, barely had the strength to lift the empty bar even before putting weights on it and actually had to rush out and toss my cookies after the 3rd set of burpees. Every ached so much and my mobility was absolutely shocking.
Fortunately I had the support of my coach and fellow masochists, who gave me absolutely zero sympathy and merciless mickey-taking, and the restorative powers of endless sets of squats worked their magic and I feel much better now.