Rest Days…errr.. Cross Training.


Good Morning! I have been thinking about rest days. As runners, we hate them and often skip them if we can. I posted on Facebook once that I had run two days, and that I felt guilty taking a rest day. One of my running facebook-friends quickly responded with “Studies have shown that if you are running it right, you can go six days a week.” <– I think that sums up most runner’s mentality perfect. We run because we love running, and want to do as much of it as we can.

The counter to my running-friend’s comment however, is the comments from physical therapists and sports doctors on how we are over-training. I was reading a sport’s podiatrist’s website that was discussing the foot-issues they have seen whose primary problem is that they don’t believe in rest days!  On  Active.com, there is an article on how to improve your running – #4 is “Take a Break” .  My largest “injury-free” period this year has been when I was running two days, and resting for one.  The marathon training program I am going to be using has 2 rest days a week (still higher than that 6 days straight).

So, with all this “Resting” in the plan, how can I as a runner keep from going crazy?  CROSSTRAINING!!!!  I don’t have a bicycle at this point, so that form of cross training is out.  I do like to lift on my non-running days. IT gives me the sense of having done something, while still giving my legs a chance to recuperate from whatever cruelty I have inflicted on them. It also has the added benefit of being #8 on Active.com’s list – giving me the idea that I am even doing something right!

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I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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