Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! I’m scheduled for an off day today to recover from the 10k yesterday. BUT I hardly feel like I deserve a day off after having an easier day on Monday and not pushing quite as hard as I should have yesterday. Why is it so hard for runners to take the day off?!
This morning I walked Maggie (the golden retriever) and Cadence (the baby) for an easy mile, and after work I’m getting a strength workout for upper body and core. I feel like that’s a good compromise to let my legs continue to recover while getting back on a strength routine after our trip to Hilton Head last week.
I’m trying to figure out what my recovery and rest days will look like moving forward, and I found this article to be helpful. I’m glad to see that the author says it’s ok to do strength on rest days. This is another article by David Roche where he says that it’s ok to get on a bike and do non-impact things on recovery days. I completely agree that 100% off days are good, but I know that I’ll stick to more recovery days if I know that I can sneak in a sweat while I’m at it.
Do you take recovery days completely off or do you add in some strength or XT? How often do you have days off?