Resting Before We Need It

I’m training for a half marathon right now. It’s my fourth in two years, so this isn’t new to me, but following a strict, 12-week training program is. On my schedule each week are at least four days of running, one more day of easy running, cross training, or some “fun” exercise, and two days of rest.


It’s kind of weird to see that word written so concretely on a plan for becoming a better runner. It doesn’t say “rest – if you want to” or “rest – if you feel tired” or “rest – optional.” It says “rest” and offers no other option.

I know Jesus tells us to come to Him when we are weary, but what about coming to Him for that rest He offers…BEFORE we need it?

Resting Before We Need It

Join me over at Thrive Moms today to read about resting before we need it in my first post as part of their blogging team! You will LOVE the heart and encouragement happening at Thrive Moms! I am so honored to be writing with those lovely ladies!


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  1. I am currently training for a half marathon too! Would you please share the training schedule you are currently using? There are so many out there…but I think knowing when and how many miles to run on which days would be so helpful! thanks.

    • Yes! I am using the Half Marathon: Own It plan from the book Train Like a Mother! Is this your first half? Their plans are GREAT! I highly recommend them! Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck!

      • I’m so excited that you responded. Thank you so very much! No, this is going to be my second. I did one in 2012 here in New Orleans. I’m also using it to lose about 25 pounds but I’m finding that I’m not really losing weight. Maybe its a delicate balance . I get so hungry when I run long so I need to be careful how and what I use to refuel. Have you had any struggles with this?

        • Oh yes! The Hubby and I are ALWAYS hungry! I’m pretty much holding steady at my weight and have been for a while. I’ve found that training season does not usually equal weight loss for me! It is possible, but YES, it is a delicate balance!

  2. Thanks for the book recommendation, Train Like A Mother…I checked it out today at my local library! Excited to read and be inspired about running! Good luck with your training Erin!