I’ve just completed the fourth phase of my training (the phases: base, build, race and rest and recovery). For the past 2 weeks, I have been on a mini “rest and recovery.” After training hard for 6 months, I was ready to take a break both physically and mentally. During this two week period of rest and recovery, my body has time to rest and heal. I also have the chance to sleep in a bit and not have to try to squeeze in my workouts before my family’s day begins. Sometimes it’s hard to find a good time to train.
It’s only been in the last few years that I learned the importance of this phase. I finally learned/accepted that if I want my body to perform at it’s best, then I need to give it time to rest (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme!) And I admit that the first few days of this phase are hard for me. I am usually antsy and need to find something else to do. This is a good time for a family vacation.
We enjoy kayaking together.
During this phase, it doesn’t mean that I stop all training. It just means that I dial it back. I rode on my trainer every other day during the first week. I ran three times and rode twice during the second week. In addition, I worked on my CORE a whole bunch during this time. On vacation, I walked a lot which technically counts as a good rest and recovery activity.
“The difference is that your activities are lighter, less demanding and generally performed at a lower level of intensity or the activities are executed at a high level of intensity for a much shorter period of time.” http://beta.active.com/running/Articles/What-to-Do-on-Rest-and-Recovery-Days
Here is a picture from one of my gorgeous runs during our vacation. I love running near the coast!
To read more on the phase of rest and recovery, here is a link:
Another ritual of this phase is replacing my running shoes. I have 453 miles on my current shoes which means they are about done. Since I had a little extra time, I bought new shoes. I’m like any girl; I love shoe shopping! However, I like to spend my time in the sports section focusing on all the different running shoes. I love looking at the different colors of the season. After looking at several brands, I always turn to my favorite brand, Asics. According to my kids, I like to try on hundreds of pairs in search of the right ones. By the way, I quickly learned to go shoe shopping by myself a few years ago.
These are the ones I chose for the next 500 miles, Asics GT1000.
Not sure when to replace your shoes? Here’s a link for you:
I’m feeling ready to tackle my next season. And believe me, I have some plans!
Do you take a rest and recovery between seasons?