Cleveland Marathon Training Week 3: The Importance of Rest Days

Maybe I'm a drama queen but this was me all day yesterday.

Maybe I’m a drama queen but this was me all day yesterday.

I will fully admit that I hate taking a rest day. I like to go go go and then crash on the couch. However, the past couple weeks I’ve attended at least 2 spin classes a week, running up to 40 miles a week and swimming 3 days a week. This week I even toned it down and took 1 less spin class and 1 less swim day but still knew I needed a full rest day. One of those no running, no cross training, rest days. It was rough and I complained a lot but Bodhi showed me how it was done.

Show off

Show off

Monday: 5 mile run and 1 hour spin
Tuesday: Speedwork-1 mile WU, 6-800s, 1 mile CD. 600 Meter swim
Wednesday: 8 miles

Bodhi in the snow

Bodhi in the snow. The bag is to keep his cast dry.

Thursday: 3 miles in the am and 3 miles after work. 1/2 mile swim. My farthest swim yet and it’s getting easier!
Friday: 17 mile treadmill run. I had some stomach issues up to mile 10. Miles 10-13 creeped by slowly but miles 14-17 flew by and I was done!

I watched multiple episodes of the Boitano Project during my run.

Thanks for getting me through my run HGTV

Thanks for getting me through my run HGTV

Then I tried to refuel with all these goodies.

Post long run goodies

Post long run goodies

The refueling process didn’t go so well. After long runs I always feel sick to my stomach. My plan next time is to have a smoothie post long run and see if that goes any better.
Saturday: 4 easy miles and a massage
Sunday: Rest Day.

Total Mileage: 46 miles

The next time I schedule a rest day I will do so on a work day where I have lots to do. Scheduling my rest day on a day where I had nothing was torture. I had to tell myself that rest days prevent burnout, prevent illness, restore glycogen levels and PREVENT INJURY!

In case you missed how I survive my treadmill workouts, you can get caught up here!

How many rest days do you take a week? I used to take at least 2 but now it’s at least 1

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About Jessica M.

30 something runner from Cleveland, OH. I am an avid runner, marathon maniac and Boston Marathoner. I have completed 12 marathons and am an Offficial Blogger for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.I am also a Proud ambassador for Nuun I enjoy traveling, running, my Croatian heritage Hokas, baking, plaing tambura, reading, sno cones, anything pumpkin flavored, swedish fish, Kinder chocolates, racing, marshmallows, my amazing husband and our puppy Bodhi. Contact me at:
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9 Responses to Cleveland Marathon Training Week 3: The Importance of Rest Days

  1. I take two rest days and never feel bad! You’re such a go-getter though! When I plan to workout and something happens, then I get a little bent out of shape. Other than that I’m all good with couch time! And I just love your dog, he is adorable. How long does he have to wear that cast? Poor thing!

  2. Melissa says:

    I usually take two rest days. Monday because my legs are usually still smashed from running long and Friday because it’s Friday and I want to have a beer [not workout] after the close of a long work week.

    I feel like Bodhi has had that cast on FOREVER. Poor guy! Also, what are your thoughts on the new Oreos? I’ve heard mixed reviews.

    • Jessica M. says:

      I used to always rest on Mondays and Fridays but then I started doing my long runs on Fridays so I could sleep in on Saturdays :)
      The oreos were good but it’s rare that we eat them so it’s not something that we will keep in the house. I liked the cookie dough ones better but I hear a lot of people like the marshmallow ones better. I think people like the marshmallow ones better because they rarely eat vanilla oreos.

  3. oh the things we can learn from our pets! i typically take 2 (sometimes 3) rest days a week.. lately.

  4. I take 1-2 rest days a week. AT LEAST one. My body needs it!
    You and Ryan are troopers with Bodhi and his cast. I’m sure you both can’t wait until he’s finally healed and back to 100%!

  5. Killer week of training girl, you are doing awesome with you running and all that cross training too!

    I typically take 1-2 rest days a week, depends on the week. Some weeks I will do more double days just so I can get an extra rest day\. I don’t love and I don’t hate rest days but I do know that I need them

  6. supereli23 says:

    Next time you have a rest day you are supposed to call up your friend *cough cough* so she can come and entertain you and make you forget that you are bored. :-)

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