10 Signs You Need a Rest Day

20 May

Runner\'s World: 10 Signs You Need a Rest Day

Resting is just as important as training. If your muscles cannot recover you are facing an injury which then means many weeks away from the gym. It’s better to take a few days here and there rather than missing weeks or months of training. This article from Runner’s World offers 10 signs to watch for when you need a rest day.

Yesterday, I tried to run for the first time since my half marathon. I’d been doing cross training all week (walking, rowing machine, weights) and I thought I could run yesterday. I struggled and struggled and had a horrible time. Rather than forcing it, I stopped. It wasn’t worth it. I’m trying to do a 15 mile training run on Saturday, and I’d rather be rested and ready for that. So I stopped running and did some weights and called it a day. It’s okay to take a break. It’s more than okay, it’s healthy and necessary.

So if you start out your workout feeling really off or experiencing any of the 10 signs, call it a day. Take some time to rest and relax. You will be recharged and ready to go the next day.

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