I had no luck at the intersection today even though I hung around for more than ten minutes faking like I needed to stretch. The guy that lives at the corner, who came outside last week and asked if I was a gang member, gave me a wave from his front window.
Apparently the most beautiful woman in the world has changed her running time, or she took the day off, which got me thinking – what is the optimal number of days to take off?
After my run I called my friend, I.P. Aard, who’s a medical researcher at the National Institute of Running Sciences. She says the day of the week you rest is very important.
“So, I.P., what you mean is the day after a really hard work out or a tough race?”
“Jim, you know I like you, don’t you?”
“Yes, you’ve told me before, I.P. You’re pretty sweet yourself.”
“You’re such a sugar dream. But no, that’s not what I’m saying. You should take Wednesdays off.”
“Wednesdays? Why’s that?”
“Humans have a weekly circadian cycle. That’s the low point of our biorhythmic matrix. If you need to take another day off, Sunday is a secondary low point.”
“You’re kidding. I’ve never heard of this.”
“It’s a recent find. We did a massive study last year, and a follow up one confirmed our findings.”
“Would if I ran on Wednesdays?” I asked.
“You’d have a heightened risk of injury. You don’t gain as much. You may feel lethargic.”
“When you coming out my way, I.P.? I want to show you around here.”
“I don’t have any vacation time saved up. Maybe in late summer, sweet one.”