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The problem with rest days

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  November 16, 2013 08:15 PM

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Not a day goes by that I don't write.

I write.

Every day.


Even if it's the smallest thing: A letter to a dear friend. A poem. A paragraph that I think could be the start to something bigger.

Even if I am working on a longer project and taking a break from it, not a day goes by that I don't write or think about writing.

For me, there are no "rest days" from writing.

I think that's why it is so hard for me to "rest" from running.

All my wise, long-time running buddies tell me I need days off from running. And, I do (for the most part) take those days. I'll do yoga, or bike, or weight lift or swim.

But I'm always still thinking about running. Just as I am always thinking about writing.

Would it be so wrong, I wonder, to run a little every day just as write a little each day? Even just a mile? A half mile?

If I had to go a day without writing, I'd be grumpy. In fact, on the days when I am itching to write and haven't yet had a chance to do so, I *am* grumpy (apologies to my friends and co-workers).

And lately, I've found, that I'm the same way if I don't run.

Even one day off from running seems to have an impact.

I keep wondering what it is about writing and running that seem to work wonders for my brain.

And then, today, as I was watching my son play in the bathtub filled with bubbles, my favorite quote about writing popped into my head:

Start writing. No matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

The same could be said for running. The first few steps of a run for me are always tough, but once I start, I suddenly have a clear path and purpose.

Writing, and running, is my way of resting. Once that faucet is open, it's often hard to turn it off again.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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