As the author of a book (The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery) and a column (Serious Recovery) on recovery, I take rest seriously and hold my rest days as sacrosanct. But as a coach, I like to try out various approaches to see how they feel. With an open mind, then, I joined my colleagues and readers for the Runner’s World run streak (#RWRunStreak), and ran at least a mile every day from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Some days I ran exactly one mile, others I ran 22 or more. But I got out there every day, however I felt. (Happily, I wasn’t sick or hurt during this period.) Some highlights:
Today, I dressed to run and took about a dozen steps before bailing. The bruises from my fall during Saturday’s long trail run are really blooming, and I obviously used my right quads to brake my fall. While I shuffled through yesterday’s finishing mile without too much pain, the DOMS has set in two days postrun and post-fall, and I was happy to stop my watch, come inside, and hit the yoga mat.
Now it’s back to my usual five runs a week, and Sundays will resume their privileged spot as the day of total rest—just in time for the NFL playoffs.
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