By Cool J in Minneapolis
|My sister and me at a holiday party|
|Does snowboarding count as a rest day?|
You’re sick: If you’re sick, your body will be using energy to recover. It’s wise to take an extra rest day you’re your cold just won’t go away. Ladies, this even applies to that special time of the month, which does indeed require more energy to refuel during this time. Rest is even more important then.
You’re cranky, or unmotivated: Running is supposed to be fun and if it’s making you cranky, you may need a break.
Low energy level: Be honest with yourself and listen to your body. Sometimes we runners block out signs of fatigue, because we are so hell-bent on sticking to the training schedule and getting in those miles. Even Dr. Jenna Boren at Uptown Natural Care Center, who runs a 2:40 marathon, has told me that she doesn’t follow her coach’s schedule perfectly. If she’s feeling tired, she listens to her body and skips a workout.
Poor performance: You had a terrible workout last night. Well everyone has a bad workout, but multiple poor workouts in a row could be a sign that your body needs a rest.
|Yoga- one of my favorite “rest day” options!|