Rest

The week  of May 9th I was active four days in a row, Monday through Thursday. On Thursdays we run our pseudo 5K, it’s actually 2.5 miles around a nice peninsula in Winthrop Massachusetts.

After Thursday’s run I was hurting more than usual. My body was telling I was overdoing it. One of my main concerns is that I’ll overdo it and get hurt or I’ll burn out. Then, I’ll have to start over again and I know how difficult this is… Aaaah!

I’m very proud of my progress and the changes I’ve made. I don’t want to stop or slow down my momentum.

On Thursday’s run I feel that I would have benefited from resting the day before. Next week’s goal will be to shave off at least a minute from my total time, currently over 36 minutes.

I rested for two days, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday I went for a 2.5 mile run close to my house and I didn’t feel terrible; I rested on Monday. On Tuesday I went for a run with my brother and felt better than Sunday’s run. Tuesday’s run was at the beautiful Breakheart Reservation which is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the Saugus River.

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What all this means to me: HILLS! There are hills at this location. I hated going up the hills but I felt pretty good at the end. I plan to go to this location at least once a week.

I’m currently reading a book on being more productive and one of the main principles is to work smarter not harder. I intend to do apply this idea to running. I’ll be doing more research on running; technique; length of run; number of times per week, etc.

Running smarter not harder:

  • Set goals [check]
  • Get started and correct as you go along [check]
  • Correcting; do the minimal amount of work for the optimal results [todo]

My first finding …

… skip a day between workouts to give your body time to rest and build muscle – RedBrick Health

What’s your experience with resting between running/exercising days?

 

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2 thoughts on “Rest

  1. That looks like a fantastic place for a run. I live in the Cotswold Hills (UK) so every run involves a hill – but they are good for you:-)
    Yes you do need a couple of rest days to allow your body to recover. I don’t think it needs to be every other day. I now run 4 days a week Sunday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday – but different length runs each time. There is lots of information out there regarding recovery – I am sure you will find something to suit you. If your body is telling you to rest then you should! Great that you are enjoying it and keeping at it – well done!

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  2. I started walking 3 days a week and now run 6. It all depends on where you are at. In the beginning 3 days a week is fine as you need the rest to recover and build 🙂 increase only one point by 10℅ per week I.e. intensity or duration. Recover ever 3rd or 4th week. Those are just rules so listen to your body first!

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