Happy New Year! My recap comes a little late this week after hours of holiday traveling but happy to have been able to finish off the year strong!
Monday – Rest day, I needed an extra one this week.
Tuesday – 4.5 miles, 8:53 /mile
Wednesday – 6 miles, 8:45 /mile
Thursday – 6 miles, 8:50 /mile
Friday – Rest day
Saturday – 12 miles long run on the Los Gatos Creek Trail.
Sunday – Rest day
Although I didn’t make 100 miles this month, I was definitely happy to finish off December with 95 miles coming off two injuries!
Rest days are arguably the most important day of the week yet also the day that I dread and hate the most. In my perfect world, I would want to run every day without ever getting injured and without taking a break. I hate the feeling of sitting around with the extra time that I would have spent running and I am sure that some of you feel the same!
Why do we need rest days?
- Joint health – running puts a lot of pressure and impact on joints.
- Muscle fibers – as running breaks down muscle fibers, our bodies need the rest time to improve and strengthen.
- Mentally – sometimes we get caught up in our training and may just need a day off to take a step back.
- Rest days result in performance improvement!
What do I do with my extra time?
- Stretch and yoga are good exercises to do on rest days.
- For stretching, I prefer to use my +addaday massage roller (pictured below). My local Fleet Feet store recommended the +addaday product and it has been one of my favorite purchases – I use it almost every day but especially on rest days!
- Meal prepping is another fun activity for a rest day! Mine usually fall on Sunday so I am able to plan and cook my meals for the week.
What are some of your rest day routines?
Happy Holidays!!! Christmas is finally here and 2017 is coming!
So I went a little overboard this week because I’m back in California and back on the trails and treadmills that I love. Yes, there is one treadmill in the world that I do love to run on! Anyway, my ITBS is acting up after my long run today so hopefully I didn’t push it too hard.
Monday – 3 miles, easy
Tuesday – 6 miles, surprisingly easy
Wednesday – rest day to travel
Thursday – 6 miles at a 8:50 /mile pace! It was on my fav treadmill so I’m not surprised that it felt easy.
Friday – 6 miles at a 8:40 /mile pace! And this is really where I might have over done it.. oops!
Saturday – 10 miles long run at Vasona Park. If you’re in the Bay Area and you haven’t gone on the Los Gatos Creek Trail then I highly recommend it!!
Sunday – definitely calling it a rest day tomorrow.. my Christmas present to myself.
Happy running and happy holidays!
I use Saturdays for my hardest workout of the week. This week my hard workout was a 7 mile hilly run followed by my leg day routine. That being said, my body hated me today!
On the plus side, the weather was great so I got outside to shake out my leg muscles a bit. Nothing quite like the green-ness of North Carolina.
I wouldn’t normally consider 7 miles my weekly long run but after resting my foot for over a month, this run was definitely a humbling experience. My foot has felt significantly better in the past couple of weeks so I decided to try a 10 mile run this morning to see if I could go through with my plan of running the Tarheel 10 miler next weekend.
Unfortunately, I will definitely be dropping to the 4 miler after evaluating my run today. My foot hurts (plantar fasciitis). The hills were killer. My legs were tired. It was difficult. I honestly haven’t felt like this in a LONG time so it made me realize that it will be awhile before I get to the shape I was before this injury.
I’ve always been coached to push and challenge myself so it goes against my nature to be dropping to a lower mileage for next week’s race. In the past couple years, I’ve learned to listen to my body in order to take better care of it. So even though today’s run was not anywhere close to my expectation, I am so grateful that I was able to push through 7 miles!