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:
- Runners World "The Rest Easy: Why you have to back off in order to push hard."
- Rest Assured by Jeff Galloway
- Why you Need to Rest- Runners Guide
- Runners World- 10 Signs you need a rest day
REST is important for:
Ability to train HARD
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??