Rest is Overrated

Running twenty miles a week in November was tough.  Twenty miles a week over the holidays was almost impossible.  Turns out I actually do need serious and legitimate study time for this class I just started.  So as I was doing my weight lifting today I was trying to figure out how I can get back up to my 15-20 miles per week.  I looked back and reconsidered why I had the goal of this mileage in the first place.  The whole point was to build running back into my life on a regular basis in preparation for actual marathon training which will require 40+ miles per week.  Goals need to be realistic and I need to face the music that right now 20 miles a week, with this particular grad course also on my plate, isn’t actually realistic anymore.

However, 15 miles may still be doable.  My lifting program is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.  That leaves 3 days.  15 divided by 3 is… yup, 5 miles.  So it works out perfectly if I run 5 miles on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday each.  I’ll only have to get up early or sacrifice one evening a week (more likely) to exercise on Wednesdays.  The rest of my evenings can be devoted to this finance course for the remaining 7 weeks.  Weekends are easier to flex in a run around kids hockey practices and games.  (If it’s nice out, a run from my house to the rink is actually about 5 miles on the nose.)  Only minor down side to this plan is that leaves 0 rest/recovery days.  That said, I’ve had plenty of weeks without an official “rest” day before and have lived to tell the tale.  I think this will be fine.  This will also put me at 10 this week, and then back up to 15 starting next week which is a nice ramp up.  Once I’ve got this down I can look at increasing back up to 20 miles per week and beyond.  And if this doesn’t work… I can always re-evaluate again. 🙂  The important thing is to not throw in the towel and give up.

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4 thoughts on “Rest is Overrated

  1. You can definitely get by the way you’re describing but rest days are so important since those are the days your body rebuilds and gets stronger. I’m guilty of skipping them too often but when you get closer to the race, have one pure rest day a week. Your body and performance will thank you!

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  2. Thanks David! I think this will work out for now the way things are spaced but this is just a short term solution. Just not sure how I can fit it in (comfortably) otherwise. Will get through this class/lifting program and re-evaluate how things are going at that point. I may also take a Saturday and get in a longer run which would free up a rest day if I feel like I need that so there are some alternatives for the next few weeks too.

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  3. Fitting in runs is so hard sometimes. Keep at it, but remember that it’s ok to give yourself a break once in awhile. Good for you for incorporating so much lifting. My skinny arms tell me I should do some of that, too 🙂

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