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