Over the last week-ish, I have gotten in some great running at a variety of paces. I am on my way to the fitness level I am looking for as we are 44 days away from my next race. Today, when I woke up, I could feel the last week of running. It's important to listen to your body sometimes. Today, it told me I needed to back off.
I decided a morning walk would be a good way to get in some activity, flush the system a little, and get the joints moving. I walked it out pretty fast for 45 minutes and I would say I cleared 3 miles. Although my legs are a little tired, I feel good and am satisfied with the recovery aspect of the walk.
In an effort to avoid injury, rest and recovery days are important. It is different when you take a day off when your body tells you to rather than when you simply don't feel like it. I used to have a problem with these rest days. I was never comfortable with it. However, with the reading I have done in regards to training plans, etc., I now value the day off. I also cope with the day off better when I walk, or hit the stationary bike, do something. Then I still feel like an active person.
Tomorrow, I will be strong again and I have all day today to plan out a good workout.