Annnnnd cue the TGIF!
This past week I have strived my absolute best to give myself more rest than usual. According to Marathon Rookie, marathoners in-training should take a day off or participate in light physical activity after every single run. It's certainly something that I have a hard time wrapping my head around; I'll be the first one to admit that I struggle with taking more than two days off from the gym per week.
With that being said, my goal is to complete the aforementioned training program injury-free, and even more importantly, complete my first half-marathon. I know that I have to take it easy on myself and not be a crazy lady when it comes to workouts, especially when I start to climb up into the 8-mile range. I know that my body will experience more physical exertion that I actually think.
So I've been taking it easy and slowly, but surely, adding more rest and light activity days into my training schedule. And guess what? Despite all of my crazy, irrelevant fears, I didn't lose all of my muscle mass and I didn't miraculously lose everything that I have been working so damn hard for all this time. Who would have guessed? Am I the only one who has these silly fears inside her head? Anyway, today I thought that I would share some of the strength workouts that I tackle on the days that I am not scheduled to tackle mileage. I have seen such progress and muscle improvement by implementing them into my schedule. They also increased my recovery rate and decreased my post-run soreness. I hope they help you too!
Shout out to my new gym, City Fitness Philly!
Workouts of the Week:
If you're in the same boat as me and you're struggling to take extra rest days, please take my word for it and rest. Your body will thank you. Also, if you're marathon training, and are a newbie like me, please take the time to read this post by Mar on the Run! It has some wonderful tips and and tricks.
Happy Weekend, fit fam! <3
Do you struggle with rest days?