Dear … rest (April Love #7)

Dear … rest,

At the moment, when I think of you, I think of a very specific kind of rest: the rest from running that I’ve been ordered to take for six weeks. As of today, that’s five weeks … and counting. I’m not very good at this kind of rest; to be honest, you’re really frustrating.

I know that it’s the right thing to do though. To rest now, instead of carrying on regardless, and risking a worse injury later on. I’m doing loads of other exercise; weights, swimming, walking. Just no running. I might miss my weight loss goal for June, but at least I’ll be fit and ready to tackle that Icelandic trek.

Most of the time, rest, you don’t feature very heavily in my life at all. A combination of work, parenting and a busy life, means that you and I don’t have a lot of time together. Twice a week, when I’m not injured, I have an ‘active rest’ day from running – which means swimming. Sometimes you arrive in the guise of a much-needed bath, to soak away aching muscles. Often, you’re disguised as a great book that I carve time out to read. Very rarely are you just time spent¬†being

Maybe I should get better at that kind of rest. The kind that really replenishes energy, allows time for thinking, day-dreaming and just drifting off into sleep. I’m pretty sure that if I listened my body’s views on it, we’d come to a mutual agreement here. Perhaps, my running injury is a little wake-up call that I do too much, all the time. That there’s a balance to be found between all the dashing around and more restful time. I just need to work out how to do that now.

I think that perhaps a pilates or yoga class might be a good start. Yes, I know it’s moving, but it would force me to slow down, focus on my breathing, my body, in a deliberate, still, peaceful way. Which, to me is restful. And might teach me how to properly rest, to just breathe, recover, be

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