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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Not sure where I read this but a runner suggested that when she is really training hard she takes one easy day per week , 1 easy week per month and 1 easy month per year. She claims to be stronger when she takes this time. Originally I did not believe this until this week when I had no other choice to take an easy week due to other obligations - I worked out 280 minutes this week. I was freaking out because normally I work out alot more than this - I was expecting to gain weight and to go to flab, instead I lost weight , look firmer and feel stronger. Maybe there is something to this. I have been working out HARD (12 hrs plus per week- ahhh being unemployed did have its advantages) for the last 3 months and lately I have been feeling drained. I tried adding Gatorade and more veggies to my diet but I never seemed to be able to recover. Really what I needed was rest.
Today when I went to body pump and spin I felt ready to give my all.
As I start training for the Philadelphia Half marathon in November I will remember that occasionally to give it a rest
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    Ah, the benefits of rest! Someone told me that it's actually a part of training, didn't really buy it until recently, I find that I'm stronger when my body feels rested.
    2281 days ago
    Good for you! Now try to schedule at least one rest or easy day a week. I give myself a day a week, the day is determined by my body and how it feels, where I don't allow myself to think about working out or stressing out about what to eat or not eat, I eat what I want, in moderation of course. Then the next day, I ready to go!
    2284 days ago
    2284 days ago
    This blog is so very true and pertains to physical and mental rest as well. I found this out the hard way this month! I kept pushing myself and never gave me a chance to recover from all the mental stress I had gone through and finally I reached a point where I just crashed and burned. After taking a few weeks "off" of doing nothing except praying, reading and watching tv, I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world again! I too will remember to take time out and rest!

    Good luck on your upcoming marathon!
    2285 days ago
    A very smart move! emoticon
    2285 days ago
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