I love reading other running blogging friend’s race recaps, and there have been so many this week! Between the weekend at the Runner’s World races, Detroit and Columbus Marathons, Army ten-miler and more, there were some fantastic race reports and new prs (Robin, Kelly, Terzah, Katherine, Mandy, and Corey rocked her 70.3 triathlon , just to name a few). There is nothing like crushing a big goal, as these amazing ladies have done (among so many others- wish I could list you all).
These recaps get me so excited and inspired! In the process of my own goal setting, I was reflecting on Robin’s post about slowing down. Her coach has her taking off an entire week post-race, and I was reminded of the importance of resting. We often think MORE is the way to get stronger and faster, and forget the power of our rest day(s).
How often do you rest?
Most coaches recommend that runners take at least one complete day off, and a few days of cross training or mixing easy running days with hard days. Resting itself is an important part of becoming a stronger runner! It allows us to Recover, regain Enthusiasm, Sleep and Train again.
Giving your joints a break from the pounding allows them to recover to prevent overuse injuries, soreness or inflammation.
The time off is an important mental break, so you are less likely to burn out and lose your motivation.
Sleep aids recovery and can enhance running performance, and boosts your immunity. Taking at least one day to catch up on sleep will benefit your training more than pushing your body for another morning workout.
Proper rest and recovery allows your muscles time to repair, rebuild, and strengthen to improve your speed, endurance and strength when you’re ready to train again.
And to be a balanced, healthy person, rest is imperative in all areas of life, not just running. I try to carve out time each week to rest from the other things that I love, but can be draining without a break:
- blogging, computer time and social media
- my endless to-do list
- parenting (daddy-daughter time!)
Most of the time, Sunday is my day to rest from the normal “chores” of daily life. And I’m currently taking Fridays as my rest day from training.
Is there a set day that you take “off”? What other things do you rest from?