This week’s Tuesday Topic is What are your thoughts about rest days? You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
I haven’t taken any rest days from running since August 29. Today is day #46. Let’s see how long I can continue this streak. I feel good. The weather has been fantastic and I am enjoying running in this weather.
My coach has me running 5-6 days a week and no more than 30 miles a week. On the days he does not schedule a workout, I run for 20 minutes. The pace is very slow and easy and it is never more than 2 miles.
Some benefits of rest days include:
✓ Allows your muscles to recover.
✓ Reduces the chance of injury.
✓ Helps you sleep better.
There was a time when I would look forward to my rest days. I would rest on my rest days, like really rest meaning that I would not do anything. My body wanted that rest day. I even looked forward to that day when I wouldn’t “have” to run. I am the type of person that can spend all day on the sofa watching TV or reading a book and only getting up to get something to eat and use the bathroom.
However, a rest day doesn’t mean you don’t do anything. You can still do some kind of light activity. You can walk, swim, do yoga, or do an easy bike class.
Me? I take it easy on those rest days and even walk if I want to. No pressure. Again, the weather has been great and I am enjoying it. Who knows how it will be during the Winter.
Everyone trains and recovers different. We do not train the same way and expect the same results. It is the same thing with rest days. Everyone’s body does not need the same amount of rest days. You know your body and what is best for YOU!