Dealing With Tough Runs, Also Deep Stretches For Flexibility & Active Rest

So there it goes. Yesterday’s 10 km run was brutal. I am not really surprised since I took a few weeks break from running due to my extreme work overload and fatigue that came with it. But I didn’t expect it to be THIS hard.



That being said, I must admit, I am proud of myself. Proud for not giving up, and proud for sticking through it! After all, it is normal to have highs and lows, but what’s more important is how we go about it. All it takes is a little bit of extra effort, willingness and dedication. The feeling of accomplishment when you are done is SOOO worth it!



Today is my rest day. However, I thought it would be a good idea to have an active rest day instead.

it's okay to go both waysSource

And what could be better than doing some yoga?! (+ don’t forget about the Spartan 30 squats for 30 days challenge!)

Plus, I am really overdue on some good stretching!!!

How do you deal with tough runs? What are your favorite ways to have an active rest when it’s still cold outside?



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25 responses to “Dealing With Tough Runs, Also Deep Stretches For Flexibility & Active Rest

  1. WalkToRio

    The way I dealt with my toughest workout recently, was to going back home. I can’t recall the last time I felt that miserable.
    I like to do Yoga on my days off too, it’s relaxing.

    • Hi there! I just read about it! Honestly, I feel you on this one. Every single minute was going by soooo long. I felt like giving up, but then figured that it’s not a good idea, at least, not this time 🙂

  2. I’m with you on yoga. I’ve been slowly adding it back into my routine and hoping to get back to 3 days a week. It makes a huge difference in my runs and as well as my recovery.

  3. absgoldberg

    Today’s my rest day too but I was also thinking about getting some gentle stretching in. I miss warm weather walks so much.

  4. I still have really tough runs, and I think pushing yourself through them is so important (unless you’re injured, of course)! Amazing job and even smarter to take an active recovery day today – it’ll help you physically and mentally recover in time for your next run! I like to walk and do yoga on my AR days!

  5. Good for you! I am always way more proud of myself for sticking it through a tough run. Enjoy your active rest day!

  6. Your top 2 pins are PERFECT for this post!!!! I’m proud of you for pushing through a tough run. It’s so easy to give up mentally, and then your body just quits; however, if you push through it mentally, your body will follow 🙂

  7. I’ve been having plenty of Active Rest days lately since I’ve been off with my injury. I’ve been strength training and using the Xfinity stretch bands!

  8. I am mostly doing workouts to recover from my injury and I am not really running at the moment. Therefore I will tell you how I deal with a tough workout. I think of a way to reward myself after the workout. One of my options: a lovely shower, lying on bed after that with a home made mint tea from the garden, while reading a book.

    • Ah! This sounds heavenly! Btw, since I have this opportunity now, I had difficulty leaving a comment on your blog this morning: I LOOOOOVED your post today, it was hilarious! ❤ xoxo

      • 🙂
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  9. kristenk

    I love active rest days! In fact, I usually just go to Barre3 on my rest days since I can tone back the effort I put into the leg work and work on arms, abs, and stretching. Yoga stretching is awesome though! Congrats on pushing through your tough run!

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  11. I grit my teeth and push myself to just keep going. Even if my speed resembles a turtle crawling through molasses, as long as I can keep going I feel like I’m succeeding. And then I relax and enjoy myself afterwards with a long bout of stretching. About 10 minutes.

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