Here’s a fun fact: I only ran four times in the 20 days leading up to the Seattle Half Marathon.
Those four times only totaled 14 miles.
I ran my second-fastest half ever in 1:57:53. So…
I am a new believer in rest. I used to think rest was for the weak! But no more.
AND, AND! I have come to accept I cannot run more than three times per week or I will get hurt. Man, only took me three years to figure out that I’m not an elite runner. Huh.
What about you? Are you push, push, push till you get hurt? Or do listen to your body and take rest when you need it?
I can onlu run 3x a week also – otherwise I get so tierd and my body revolts. 🙂
Yes. Me too!
I’m the same way!! I ALWAYS end up injured while I’m training. And usually that leads to racing injured. I did the Danskin Tri this year, with almost zero training, and I did one of my best times.
It’s hard to wrap your mind around less is better.
I get so excited when training is going good, that I feel invincible. But I have to remember I’m not, and that I’m 35 years old and not 17.
I def think the best way is less running, more cross and strength!
I followed the run less run faster plan for my first marathon – 3 runs a week – and I never got injured! Rest is vital!!! 🙂
Yes! I used RLRF for a 5K in the spring and I PR’d. The only thing with speed work for me, though, is I tend to hurt myself when I run faster. Total suckage.
That is so interesting!! I’m starting to realize my body needs more cross training then I have been doing…as much as I would love to run 4-5 days a week, I think 3 is more reasonable for me. At least for now. Even though I’m not running currently, trying to heal my piriformis
Rest if my middle name! Glad it allowed you to run a speedy half marathon.
I’m a strong believer of rest days!! Good job on your half marathon!