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MARG17 Posts: 285
10/7/12 2:25 P

I think the body needs a rest day

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
10/7/12 2:12 P

ST is fine on your 'off days'. The 'rest' day doesn't mean "rest", it means "not running".

Same thing for ST - you'll need "rest" days inbetween ST days, and you can run on those. :)

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10/7/12 8:43 A

Thanks everyone. I will see how I feel in the morning but so far I haven't been too achey with this routine :)

I did plan on doing some strength training regardless but I don't want to go too far in between runs especially as I am just starting out!

They gym idea is great but unfortunately we live out in the sticks so the only gym here doesn't have child care facilities but I make do even with the 2 kids at home.

I appreciate all the replies emoticon

ELISAJANE57 Posts: 761
10/7/12 8:21 A

It really does depend on your fitness level. I'm up to exercising every single day now so a rest day is a day when I do a lighter/easier exercise. I have been a runner for a while and it sounds like you are interested in becoming one. I think it's important for us runners to cross train and include strength training as well. If you feel like you can handle, then I'm sure it's perfectly fine to run two days in a row. My DH is gone working so much that I don't like to depend on him for when I can exercise. I have a gym membership that includes childcare. Maybe you could look into that as well if it fits in your budget and helps you reach your goals. Good luck to you!

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10/7/12 7:42 A

I guess this depends on how fit you are. Most people do cardio 5-6 day a week in a row. I would see how it feels. If you are not sore or fatigued after I would say yes it is ok. You can always modify it or do something else if it is too much. My guess is the couch to 5k starts out very slow in order to accommodate all fitness levels. Just listen to your body.

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10/7/12 6:58 A

Shifting things up or down by a day probably isn't going to make a huge difference.

Running 3 days in a row then resting 4 days might be taking things too far.


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10/7/12 6:19 A

I have never been big into exercise so please excuse my stupid questions :)

I have set a new goal to try and run 5K by the end of the year so I've just started a couch to 5K program. I am curious about rest days. I can only train when my DH is home to watch the kids (he travels a lot).

I did a run this morning and was wondering if it would be a problem if I did another run tomorrow morning? My program says it should be a rest day but DH leaves in the afternoon for 3 days so I won't have another opportunity until Thursday.

Do you think it will be really awful if I train tomorrow? I'm still in the walk-1.5minutes and run-1minutes phase. Also can you do strength training on rest days or should rest days be totally free of exercise?

Sorry if it's silly questions but I really have no clue to it all!

Thanks in advance emoticon

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