I spent last week resting. Well, kind of. I ran twice and played laser tag (So.Much.Fun.) last week. I really needed a week off from the normal stuff. I was just feeling kind of burnt out, and I needed to recharge. I ran once on Tuesday (W5D1 C25K) and again on Sunday (W5D2 C25K). I meant to run at least one more time than that, but I just didn’t get around to it. I’m a couple days behind on C25K, but I will be ready in time for the graduation 5K.
The best thing about the rest week is that I can tell it was beneficial. My Sunday run was great. It was running for 8 minutes, walking for 5 minutes, and running again for 8 minutes. Not once did I feel like I HAD to stop running.I’ve also noticed that I am breathing more efficiently. In the beginning, I felt like I was just huffing and puffing, and I still huff and puff, but I’m doing it less. W5D3 C25K is running for 20 minutes, which still makes me a little nervous.
My knee has been a little achy, but I bought new shoes and I hope that solves that problem. My hips have still been a little tight, and I really need to work on stretching and foam rolling more.
I definitely advocate taking some time off if you feel you really need it. Don’t overdo it, but take a few days to recharge.