Yesterday was a rest day for me (based on my training schedule).You can view it on the tabs to the left if you like. I started to feel like I wanted to run anyway because I had a pretty good time on Monday and I was feeling good. It is important to rest, though. I think the worst thing you can
do is train so hard that you end up being injured and you can’t even compete on race day. That’s why I try as hard as I can to stick to my training schedule. As long as I am hitting my weekly goals, I know I’m during alright and that I’ll be just fine. So, I took my rest day and did a core (ab) workout instead. I also took the time to do the deep tissue stretching that my brother taught me (you can see the video in the guest blog he wrote below).  It felt good to do something different and now I am revitalized to do a great run today. I have to remember to take training in stride. It is a race which
requires quite a bit of time to prepare for, and I need to be willing to give myself that time so that I can meet my full potential when race time comes! 

I like to go by a guide written by Ed Eyestone from a 2009 issue of Runner’s World:

Less Is More 
REST DAY 
How It Helps:
Prevents overuse injuries
Restores glycogen stores
Prevents mental burnout 

How Often: Once a week
How Easy: Off completely or 20 to 30 minutes (or 2 to 4 easy miles) below 60% of max heart rate. 

EASY DAY 
How It Helps:
Builds base
Improves endurance
Increases blood volume 

How Often: 80 to 85% of total weekly mileage 
How Easy: 70 to 75% of max heart rate or conversational pace at comfortable to moderate effort.


This is a great guide to understanding how to make full use of your rest days so that you can get the most out of training and preparation. 
 
Have a wonderful day!




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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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