Running After Rest Days

2014-10-04_SummaryAfter running on Monday, I was really keen to get back out again as soon as possible. However, I’d forgotten how tired I can get after training and that I need to focus a bit more on what I eat before a run, so I decided to hold off until the weekend before going for another run. And I’m glad that I did.

When I woke up this morning, I still wasn’t sure if I would go out but after a couple of cups of coffee and a bowl of porridge I decided that there was no harm in trying. I’d had plenty of rest and I’d been eating better so the least I could do was give it a go.

It was still early and had only just started getting light outside so I wasn’t too surprised by the slight chill.There was a good strong breeze and I could feel the rain in the air, which makes pretty perfect running conditions for me.

As I walked down to the seafront, I noticed a couple of kites in the sky above the beach. It’s always nice to see kite surfers out doing their thing first thing in the morning, but I did start to wonder if it might be a sign that it would be a bit too windy for running along the seafront.

Luckily though, the wind was coming from the south more than anything else, so it was easy enough to run along the promenade.

I knew that I probably wouldn’t be able to do much over 3 kilometres, so I decided just to run down to the West Pier and then back again, with some walk breaks as and when I felt like it. To my surprise, I didn’t take too many walk breaks this time. In fact, I managed to run the first two kilometres without stopping at all!

At the third kilometre, I was back to my starting point but I still felt pretty good, so I decided to keep going and run part of the way home. I had to stop and walk again, partly to cross the road but mostly because I was getting tired, but managed to complete 3.5 kilometres.

That’s half a kilometre up from Monday’s run and with fewer walk breaks, so I guess it goes to show that rest days really do make a difference!

How’s your training going? How do you feel about taking rest days? Do you get enough rest between training sessions? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “Running After Rest Days”

  1. Thanks for your post and questions! Training is good! As for rest days I firmly believe they are as essential as run days, so keep some of them every week! My ‘training sessions’ tend to be during commutes to and from work, so I do what I feel able to! Early morning commute = get to work on time goal, getting home = distance increase/get home ASAP/sprint efforts! Long runs at winds when training for longer distance races, or 5k parkruns when I’m not! Congrats on doing ur first 2k without a walk break, it always motivates when you see ur own progress, keep it up!

    1. Thank you. 🙂
      Not really my first 2K without walk breaks though; just returning from injury and taking it slowly, but it still feels good to be getting back to it.
      I haven’t done parkrun for a few months now, but find that it’s a good motivator and helps to establish a regular routine regardless of how the rest of the week has gone, so I’m looking forward to getting back to that too.
      Hope you’re having a good weekend. 🙂

  2. That’s the way to come back, steady and easy.
    I usually take 1 day off, unless I’m feeling shattered than I take one of the easy days off too.
    Have a nice Sunday!

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