6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

REST is important

I am working on Muscle Mans First Half Marathon training plan!!! I am super excited. When I create training plans I like to ask the Runner how many days a week they want to run. Personally I like to run 4-5 days a week, which gives me the ability to train hard and REST. Below are a few articles about REST and how it is essential to being able to train harder.

REST days do not have to be completely exercise free (although mine are) some people use rest days for non-impact activities like an easy bike ride, active stretching, yoga, or slow swim.. You can Run on your rest day, but the pace, and distance should be decreased to get the full benefit. When I ran 33 days in a row I had 1 mile days as my "REST" days and that was perfect. If you don't believe me check out the articles I found very quickly on the subject:

REST is important for:
Injury Prevention
Avoiding Burnout
Recharging Energy
Ability to train HARD
Personal assessment

Quotes about REST:

"I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently." -Ernest Hemingway

"Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work." -Ralph Marston

"Spend at least some of your training time, and other parts of your day, concentrating on what you are doing in training and visualizing your success." -Grete Waitz

"Keep varying the program. Your body will tell you what to do."

For your viewing pleasure below is proof that Little Stud #2 finds his REST in the Jogging stroller and has since he was a tiny baby.. Who doesn't love a picture of a sleeping kiddo??
I had to sneak a kiss he was too cute.. Our sweet boy was so fussy, after the nap he was GREAT!
He was part way through the Apple, he didn't make it..
Our little man at my first 10K
Both boys at the Beach using the Double Jogger as a bed.
I can hardly remember the single jogger...or our 4 year old as a baby..

  • What are your thoughts about REST?


Amy said...

I know I have been "resting" too much lately! I'm with you, I like my rest days to be rest days, with 4 good running days/week.

Marlene said...

I am usually active on rest days, but sometimes I like to take a day of COMPLETE rest. I always love it when I do. :)

Last year I really learned how important recovery is to training successfully. Great post!

Gosh you boys are getting BIG!

Unknown said...

I have a hard time with rest days. I like active rest like yoga or spin, but then even then if I got to an early class I often feel like I should do something later. I really only like to run like 3 days a week, so that I can fit other things in.

pensive pumpkin said...

I love rest days. That's why I had to start running. ; )

TNTcoach Ken said...

It's tough for a lot of us to see that goose egg on the calendar but you learn the hard way that it's necessary. So how many days is Muscle Man resting?????

Unknown said...

I love it when they fall asleep eating...hehe.

Kerrie said...

GREAT post! And I loooooove the pics of your sleeping babes. Awwww. Looking forward to running with you tomorrow. :)

jillieb2 said...

Grete said it best, and I'm finding as I get older, those rest days can be just as important as the run the following day:)

Enduramoms Founder - Dana said...

True, true, and true. Never underestimate the importance of rest! Great post.

Anonymous said...

Rest is a slippery subject with me. I love resting, and had always run 3-4 days a week, doing nothing on my off days. However, since being diagnosed yet again with a tendonitis injury, I am finding that the LESS I rest, the better off I am. When I get injured it's because everything has tightened up after exercise, so it seems the fewer days off I take the better. So, now I have one complete day off a week, and my other three non-running days are taken up with rowing, yoga, and elliptical. I think it's helping. Of course, there is no pressure to perform on these days, so the mental rest is there.

Michelle said...

Love my rest days....physically and emotionally. :)

Lisa said...

I have definitely learned that I need rest days. I used to push through but very often did that do any good. Some people can go for days without rest, but that's not me.

You have such cute little guys!

Kris said...

I agree!! Rest is important and it refreshes you for the next run. Your lil guys are adorable :)

Lala Mama said...

Rest is the most important part of running, training and esp in life. No one gets enough rest these days, we all have so much to do.

Your boys are so sweet in their sleep!

Average Woman Runner said...

I'm doing a LOT of rest lately and need to get off my arse! But during training, I'm a firm believer in rest so I can run hard on the "go" days.

Marissa said...

you're right...REST is so important!

Oh my goodness, I have SO many pictures like that of my two boys. They LOVE the jogging stroller. Although my five year old is too big for it and I had to sell and go to a single jogger, my little man still LOVES going for a ride and falls asleep almost every time!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

YAY! Go MM! Excited for you both on this journey--so much more meaningful to train with your spouse!