Taking Rest Days
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?