Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rest Days

When to take a rest?  This is probably the most difficult question for a runner to answer.   Should I run 7 days a week?  Should I never run more than 2 days in a row?  What is the best solution?  Lately, I have been basing my rest days on how my body feels rather than scheduling them on a specific day.  I have run 10 days in a row before and I have also taken off 4 days.  

If my body started to feel tired during a run and I was already at 3 days in a row, I would take the next day off.  If I was running and feeling great, I would only miss a day if something came up on the schedule.  My goal each day was to try to run.  

This is why I love Running Without a Watch.  During my runs, I push myself according to how I feel, not because a watch is telling me my pace is too slow.  

How often do you take a rest day?  How do you determine when to take a rest day?

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