I've usually had one rest day a week while marathon training. When I started training for the Stone Mill 50 Miler, I bumped it up to two rest days per week, and since I am prone to laziness, I was in heaven.
|I only wish this showed a Forever Lazy.|
Transitioning to working out every single day is a big change for me. On one hand, I can sort of see why. When training for a marathon, or a 50 mile race, you are running all the time. Always using the same muscles, always pounding on your joints, and I know my body definitely needed a break from that.
From my limited experience with triathlon training, switching between three sports gives your body a break, without actually taking a break. After this past weekend, my legs were tired from a busy weekend of cycling, running, and lifting weights. Monday morning was a swim workout, so that switches the bulk of the workout to my arms. So, my body hasn't had that overwhelming, wow I can barely even put on my socks feeling when you KNOW it's time for a rest day.
Rest days are hugely mental for me though. I NEED to know that at least one day a week, I don't have to get the energy to push through a workout at 5am. Focusing on that helps me get through those other tough workouts. So I don't really know how this once every three weeks deal will work out for me. I couldn't get up again today, and this didn't even happen last night.
|My big mistake last night was attending grad class.|
So far, I'm on what's probably my longest ever workout streak since my boyfriend in college joined the army (I needed to fill the void). If I make it until my planned rest day on Saturday, I will have completed 18 straight days of working out. So, basically, that's running a marathon, taking two rest days, then working out every day for three straight weeks until another rest day the day before another marathon. Does that make sense? Good.
Yet, my weekly running mileage has dropped from 30-40 mpw (or something, I don't really keep track, but I think that's close) to something like 8-13 mpw. Which is exactly what I planned to do, except that marathon Sunday is making me question it. (But, as you can see, I am following through with the most important part of marathon training - setting up my excuses ahead of time.)
However, I got some good news on Pinterest this morning when I was doing my once-monthly trip because I was too tired to come up with anything funny and I needed to steal pictures for the blog.
|Thank goodness everyone knows redheads are already born without souls, or this might have upset me.|
Do you think rest days are important, or are you one of those elites that doesn't need them?