My naturally restless mind has been in a constant battle since I started marathon training a few years ago. Training is about "doing". Its about making something happen.
The most difficult task for me has not been getting the necessary mileage but rather getting enough rest. A rest day always seemed like a "waste" day. Getting more mileage was like a drug. I loved seeing the weekly totals pile up. Pushing farther was probably more important to my subconscious mind than any actual race. I realize that this thinking is unreasonable, but it was how I thought.
I can truly say that my thinking has changed regarding the rest day. Last Friday I welcomed the opportunity to do nothing in anticipation of a huge mileage weekend. And today I revel in the stillness. While my body largely feeling good, my mind in calm. No urge to hit the road.
This feeling is still a little odd. But it feels right. Thus I am now a less reluctant adherent to the rest day.