So is it just me? Am I the only one that finds it hard to not sabotage all my hard work during the week on a rest day?!
Rest days are so important during half marathon training- really any training at all! I’ve sat and researched the importance of rest days:
Rest days are actually implemented in many professional training plans, even those of Olympic athletes, in order to allow the body time to recuperate. As we work out, we place greater strain on our muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints. Our immune system is activated when there are muscle tears or joint strains, but if the body doesn’t come out of continual practice, this system doesn’t have the time to catch up and start patching everything back up. Thus, if you’re building muscle, you should take a day off from lifting the same region so the body has time to repair the muscles you’re working.
Another issue I have with rest days is eating during rest days. When I’m working out, I am very aware of what I’m putting in my mouth, on a rest day, sitting on the couch bored, it’s easy to fall off track, have a soda and a cookie, and easily put back the calories you worked so hard to burn during the week!
I’ve realized that I need to plan my rest days just as I plan my work out days. Plan what to eat- and keep it light. Use the rest day as a day to really rest, and/or finish that pile of laundry that’s been sitting on the floor for a few days! (Sorry baby!)
Do any of you have problems on rest days? Look forward to them or dread them?