The Benefits of Rest Days

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Morning everyone!

I am rushing around this morning to get to a early work meeting this morning! Thankfully the roads aren’t as bad as yesterday so I hope that it won’t take me too long to get in this morning.

As you may know, today was my chosen rest day off of exercise. :)

I thought it would be timely to discuss the benefits of rest days from this great article at Runner’s World. Of course this article applies to all types of training!

Recovery is an important–but often neglected–part of training plans.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

You can view the article here: From the August 2004 issue of Runner’s World

 

It has always been a bit difficult for me to convince myself that I need rest days off, but training for a marathon has forced me to take it more seriously and do find out the benefits of these rest days.
They are important!

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Ok I gotta jet- I have 9 mins to eat and get out the door!

See you later for How I came up with the name for this blog…. :) And much more…

 

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1 Erin December 10, 2008

It’s funny you posted this because I woke up and my body was so sore and I decided to take a rest day!

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2 girlrunningaround December 10, 2008

Wonderful advice! And I can’t wait to hear the inspiration behind the name!

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3 bobbi December 10, 2008

I have always heard it best this way! ” YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST RECOVERY DAY!” way to go on regestering for that HALF!!!!

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4 Tina December 10, 2008

Great article! I completely agree! I struggle with hip problems, so it’s always important for me to take days off.

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5 ttfn300 December 10, 2008

so true! great advice :)

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6 lifeinyouryears December 10, 2008

I recently discovered your blog and I love it! It’s so motivational :)

I ran two half-marathons and a marathon and I can’t help to agree! It’s just that sometimes I ended up having way too many rest days, lol :)

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7 Margaret Sala December 10, 2008

Btw, I just now realized that yours is also a wordpress blog (I think, right?)

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8 catms916 December 10, 2008

Great article!! So true about needing to rest… it can be hard sometimes when you get in a pattern of running/ exercising to give up a day, but it really is so necessary.

Can’t wait to read about how you came up with the blog!

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9 VeggieGirl December 10, 2008

I can’t thank you enough for this – I don’t allow myself rest days, and really need to rethink that.

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10 Mara December 10, 2008

VERY interesting stuff here!

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