This week's Take It And Run Thursday topic at Runner's Lounge is "Run, Rest, Recover. Repeat." When I was a younger runner I didn't take the necessary time to recover or rest from my six day a week running regimen, and back then I never did any cross-training (gasp). Today, my running is much smarter! I run 4 days a week and I lift weights 4 days a week. I take my rest days! And if I do miss a run, I don't feel guilty about it. It's funny how age has made me adapt and change my thinking and attitude. I am more in tune with my body and perhaps I take it too easy sometimes when I have those aches and pains that we runners occasionally get, but I would rather take some time off and not get an injury so I can continue to run!
My favorite things after a long run are: a chocolate protein shake, a banana, tortilla chips and a NAP! I have to have the nap. I'm still learning about new things that work for me and I am always interested in what other runners do.
I love running for the satisfaction and accomplishment I feel. Running makes me happy.