Today’s agenda: Rest.
After three days of good running, a day off is much deserved. Today should be easy enough. So far I have made some coffee and read the newspaper, listened to a few podcasts, ate breakfast, and played with Jezebel. A good start at accomplishing the day’s task.
There are only a few rest days in which I truly do nothing. Most rest days consist of some kind of activity – hiking, walking, biking, stuff around the house – which Hal Higdon says is fine. He advises to take it light with cross-training actives, such as biking or swimming, that work different muscles.
Remember, I am following Higdon’s Marathon Training: Novice plan.
The reason for this experts say is to prevent injury. I have always incorporated cross-training and rest into my training. So far I’ve had no major injuries and only a couple minor ones.
Later this afternoon I plan to go do some errands via bicycle. So I’ll count that in my activity. If I get out soon enough I could avoid the heat. However, I am writing about my trials of marathon training to those in the blogosphere. What could be more important!
I hear so many people talk about running being so much work. When I began Couch to 5k I don’t think I ever felt like that. I had my days, and still do, in which I would rather lie in bed or just not run. But I have never felt running to be like work. I enjoy the competitiveness, runners I’ve met, settings I would never have seen, and most of all the sense of accomplishment.
I like the confused look on people’s face when I mention I am training for a marathon. It is true, not all runners are 6’2″ and have the legs to make an incredibly long stride. “Yes, a marathon…Indeed, 26.2 miles,” I have to repeat over and over as some find it hard to believe I would have such a goal.
Sometimes sitting at my computer I will take a look over my left shoulder. I smile at the medals that signify “Yes, I did it.”
Word of advice: Use rest day’s to re-charge your motivation. A runner can get so intense in training that it becomes a chore. Pick up a cross-training activity to do on those rest days. It will help to remind us in our training as to why we run: it’s fun!
Get out and fill your passion bucket,