Lesson two: rest matters.

August 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A lot of runners fear/hate rest days (though I can’t say that’s ever been a problem for me!), but it turns out they’re really important. Rest days are when your body “works” – that is, prepares for your next run based on what it learned during your last run. Plus, it gives your body an opportunity to replenish the energy it used all week.

Ideally, you will take a rest day either before or after your long run, and, unless you are Kara Goucher, at least one other day during the week. What will happen if you don’t, you ask?

Burn out! Injuries! Exhaustion!

No one, especially a first time marathoner, needs to run every day. In fact, you will probably be a better runner, with all working parts, if you don’t. So, take a rest.

(And P.S. “rest” and “cross train” are not the same thing! Don’t forget that!)

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