Can you all believe that is is already June?! It was a busy Spring, full of lots of races and running. (Maybe too many races…) After all that hard work, I took a very needed rest. The woman in charge of the group I run with suggested I take 10 full days off from running. She said it is recommended that runners take one long rest a year. At first, I thought this was crazy, but I think she knows what she is talking about!
During my ten day rest, I went on many walks and took some yoga classes. At first I felt really antsy, especially on days with good weather. I was also really nervous about how I would feel when I started back up. I was actually really surprised at how good I felt the first day back.
I was also surprised at how fast I was able to go! (Granted I wasn’t going very far!) I have slowly been adding mileage over the past couple of weeks. I am still feeling really good, and my times seem much faster than before the break. I am expecting things to slow down the more miles I build back up to, but for now it is exciting!
Here is a great article I read about taking an annual “rest” from Runner’s World.
Do you build rest breaks into your yearly running calendar?