Marathon Series: Rest Days

Wednesday 23 September 2015 by

Slippers, Fitness, #HoBFitness, Marathon training, Running

Welcome back to week thirty five of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re talking about rest days.

There are times to run and there are times to rest. Rest days are just as important as exercise, because it allows for your body to recover and heal. As a rule, I will only run every other day – this gives myself some time to figure out how my body has reacted to the run, and gives it time to prepare for the next one.

However, after long runs I will give myself two days off (Sunday long run and then don’t run until Wednesday). Instead I try to do a bit of gentle yoga to keep my muscles fluid. And it’s in these final weeks before the race that rest days are all important. Fitting with the taper, it gives myself a chance to protect from injury and keep my fitness.

There are some tricks to rest days, though. Because sitting with your feet up might not necessarily be the perfect way to rest!

Keep moving

Whether that’s a bit of yoga or some walking, make sure you keep some movement in your legs to prevent the muscles seizing up. Once muscles seize up, you could get an injury, even when resting, so don’t be completely sedantry!

Don’t feel guilty

There is a temptation to feel guilty that you’re not doing anything. As supportive as the #UKRunChat community is, I sometimes log on to Twitter and find myself feeling guilty that I’m not doing 10 miles at 5am every day. I don’t do Parkrun, so Saturday mornings can be hard, when you see everyone’s PB times coming in, and you’re still in PJs. But here’s the thing: it’s not a bad thing to rest. You’re looking after your body, and those guys will be resting when you’re out running. It all works out.

Think about your food

What you eat on your rest days, is just as important as the food before you run. It’s got to be the right kind of stuff to repair your muscles: try protein and lots of leafy greens. Don’t be tempted down the sugary route!

What are your rest days like? Do you split up your runs?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back in a soon when we’re talking about recognising injury!

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