If you are anything like me, when you first start an exercise program and you are still excited about it, it’s sometimes hard to remember to rest. You feel good, you are ready to get fit, things are all moving in a positive direction. Why waste a day resting. But resting is critical to your improvement. How, you ask, can I gain fitness when all I do is walk a few minutes. I should be running and sweating.
Well, it is just as important to rest as it is to run. Resting gives your body time to recover and repair any damage caused by the work you have done. My marathon training plan calls for two rest days a week. One is the day before the scheduled long run to give my body a chance to prepare and be the best it can be. The other rest day, for me, is on Monday. Hopefully I have gotten in a long run and some cross training on Saturday and Sunday (it might vary which is which depending on what I have going on).
So, even though it seems counter productive, don’t forget to rest. Your body will thank you.
In other exciting news, I have added a countdown timer to the marathon on March 21st. As if I weren’t thinking about it enough, now I will know down to the minute how much time I have left to train.
Here is my training schedule for the upcoming week
Sunday: 2 mile run
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: 3 mile run
Thursday: 3 mile run
Friday: rest day
Saturday: 6 mile run
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