Resting is a very difficult thing for most runners. We hang with people who have been running their whole lives without missing a day of running for the last 30 years. We also know people who are part of the marathon maniacs club who have to run something crazy like 7 marathons in 7 days to join the club.
We know these normal people who can do these amazing things and think we can do that too, if we work hard enough. To help ruin our mindset, we remember running as teenagers with no adverse effects. Hell, half of us would smoke or drink or both before running with no adverse effects. We also read magazines and articles telling us to run 6 or 7 days per week where we run hard one or two days then do a recovery run for an easy day.
I would like to point out that rest is allowed. If you are training for a marathon and work your way up to 6 days a week that is fine. If you are just starting out, rest is a good thing. A lot of us like or liked to have fun in our youth. Some would call it a misspent youth while others will have a different opinion but that is another topic entirely.
When we reach our 30’s, we realize our bodies can’t handle the abuse and some of us change our ways. When we begin to change our ways, we look to the fit people who never stopped being healthy. Quite often, the healthy people give very sage advice about taking it easy.
Most of don’t want to listen to the sage advice because we want to catch up to them. Listen to the sage advice. Going out too hard and too fast can cause injuries. If you don’t let the injuries heal properly, they may become chronic.
Read as much as you can and try to tailor a plan to suit your needs or goals. If you don’t have any goals or know how to create goals, you can always go for the old 10% increase per week or lose 1 pound per week. If you think to yourself that a 10% increase over 0 is equal to 0, find a couch to 5k plan to get you started.
We are all different, find or create a plan for yourself and modify it as you go along. Most of us create a plan where we will run a sub 30- minute 10K after two months of training. Very few of us will achieve that goal. Most of us will modify our goals to something a little more reasonable.