Taking Rest Days

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Through my 14 years of running, I have found that I am very injury prone.  With training for the marathon, I knew it would be tough and would have to do everything I could not to get injured.  Which is why I take one day a week completely off.  No running and no cross training.  I had never ran everyday every week until college where one of my coaches told me I should.  I proceeded to get a stress fracture in my foot once I started to.  Ever since then I do what I had been doing before that.  

Taking time off is not only physically refreshing, but mentally refreshing.  I see people all the time on past teams, and online who are afraid they will lose fitness by taking one day off a week.  In reality it is the exact opposite.  Without rest days  every so often, your muscles aren’t able to recover from the workouts you just killed that week.  Your body can’t take in the benefits  of that workout.  The rest days for each person differ. But taking a day off, every week, every two weeks or once a month is always a good plan to refresh yourself.

Especially with marathon training, all the extra pounding on the hard grounds it’s important to avoid injuries.  Going non stop every week puts extreme stress on your bones, muscles, and entire body.  This time for your body to recover is important, alone with proper recovery nutrition and stretching after workouts. So, just a friendly reminder, it is alright to take rest days every so often.  It will not hurt your training plans! 🙂

 

Do you take rest days while training for a race?

How often do you take them?

 

5 Comments

  1. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    September 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Great post. I’ve been running for a long time, and just within the last year have I realized that I NEED rest days. I typically take 2 FULL rest days per week and it has helped immensely!

  2. Janelle @ Wholly Healthy

    September 26, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I take one day off of exercise per week. Oddly, sometimes I find it really hard. I find exercise a huge stress relief and when I take a rest day I sometimes feel really sluggish and blah.

    • Amanda Lizz

      September 26, 2014 at 6:35 am

      I agree sometimes it feels strange the days I take off!

  3. Alexis

    September 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    So true, you definitely need a rest day. You body needs a chance to refresh.

  4. Elliott Rodea

    October 2, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Keep working ,terrific job!