Every training plan includes rest days, and cross-training days – whether or not that suggestion is used wisely is entirely up to you. I have chosen Runner’s World Smart Coach Training tool for numerous races in the past; it has never failed me, but I’ve never used it to the full potential.
When I see “Rest/XT”, nine times out of ten that meant “take the day off!”. My legs work the best when I run them four days per week, meaning I usually had three days OFF. Occasionally that meant Strength Training (I like to use workout DVDs), Bikram Yoga, walking or doing a Core routine. I never consistently did any of the above, so by the next day I may or may not waddle-walk thanks to sore glutes/hamstrings, or laugh with caution because my Abs have no idea what I tried to do to them.
If you’re just joining, yesterday marked Day 1 of Marathon-training for #2.
This time will be different; I want to cross-train. I want to continue my early alarms, in my opinion nothing wakes you up better than a quick sweat. I want to continue riding my bike a few days a week, I know my legs benefit from the low-impact but still-challenging rides. I also want to keep up the Strength, Core, and occasional morning push-ups, just to keep those muscle fibers alert and toned!
To start things off right, I joined Katie this morning for an early ride around the National Mall. I snapped a few quick pictures while I waited, because sometimes DC is just irresistable to me…
Arlington, to my Right.
Lincoln, to my left.
We enjoyed a quick 15 mile ride around the monuments, attempting Haines Point (road blocks? what?!), and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Miles quickly tick when you have company, good conversation, and fun scenery!
In an interesting and timely news piece, CNN Health has something to say about Biking as well. I’ll let them do the talking, but lets just say this reinforces my drive to keep the legs moving on those non-running days!