6 miles @ 8:25 pace on treadmill
Had a nice easy run on the tready today. Again, nothing sore or achy 🙂 I also lifted weights at home and got in a great ab work out!
I was recently (probably jokingly) asked by my bloggy friend Brittany if I ever take rest days. I figured, why not create a little post about it?! I know this can be a somewhat “controversial” topic and I am not a running coach, so take my words with a grain of salt and know that this is what works for me, not everyone. Do I take rest days? The short answer, No. The long answer, Yes.
Let’s start with No. When I am training for something in particular, I like to keep my mileage between 50 and 70ish miles. My “rest ” days are recovery runs done at a super easy pace, usually on the treadmill. My body responds fine to no actual days off as long as I’m not pushing myself 100% of the time, which I don’t.
A more in depth answer would be yes. During a training cycle there are bound to be days that I just can’t fit a run in. Whether that’s because I’m traveling or sick or whatever. I count these times as rest days. They are far and few between. However, if I am feeling overly tired or sore I will take a rest day. I’ve been at this long enough to know when my body just can’t handle anymore. I guess the best way to explain it is that I don’t schedule rest days, they just kind of happen. For instance, I haven’t taken a day off from running since after my Boston recovery, but this weekend I’ll be in the Key’s for a bachelorette party and probably won’t get much running in. This will be my “rest.”
When I am not training for something specific I’m not pushing my body very hard and don’t really need a rest day unless I just want one. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are very important for most people and highly recommend them. Most people don’t have the running obsession I do, haha, and it is important for them to take a break not only physically but mentally as well. I am also lucky enough to have a very flexible schedule, allowing me more time to recover properly.
So there ya go! And what’s a better way to rest and recover than outside with some yummy pancakes and your laptop while your doggie chases lizards?
How many days a week do you rest?
Do you cross train on “rest” days or just rest?