Rest day dilemma

W4R3 completed. Not too bad (inspired by davidhwynn) although as expected the knees are beginning to complain. The dilemma is next week...I'm in Nottingham, central London, Reading and Leeds. I've identified a route in Nottingham but it's tomorrow. Is 36 hours long enough or do I risk a five day break? I'm not keen to do that, nor to pound pavement in the dark in London (or even park in the dark).

Thoughts people?

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  • A 5 day break won't be a problem, and will give knees a good rest, remember, slow & steady!😊

  • I was going to say the same - a longer break would be better than too little rest, especially if your knees are starting to complain a bit. Look after them and you'll be able to keep running; push them beyond what they can do and they're likely to stop you going...

  • I graduated a year ago and think my commitment to three times a week has worked well for me both mentally and physically. I had one week off with a sore knee but it responded to rest, so I carried on with my routine. Sore knees? I recommend strength and flex exercises everyday, my stiff knee has responded very well to this

  • Thanks for the replies. My knees are a concern but in fact I think will improve with strengthening - given that I was told when they were operated on 40 years ago (OMG!) that I'd have replacements by the time I was 50, they're doing ok. I'm still torn between going out tomorrow and forgetting it until next Saturday...

    I'm worried I will lose momentum.

  • Could you run early morning in London? It's usually really busy with rush hour in the morning even in the dark I've found!

  • It's not the lack of people - if anything it's that you can't get down the pavement - I'm in Covent Garden...

    I just hate running when there's a lot of traffic. I think I might attempt early Tuesday morning in Nottingham, although I prefer to run later rather than earlier. Then I'll just see how it goes on Thursday - I'm on an early train to Reading and than back to York in the evening so won't be home until 8ish. Depends how the gremlins do and whether I've got to make dinner when I get home!! It feels as if I'll have to be feeling ok to tackle week 5!

  • Nice early 6am run?!

    I wouldn't want to run after a long day, travel, cooking dinner etc!

  • I agree with Dave. A 5 day break will do you no harm and better safe than sorry when it comes to niggles.

  • Break is fine! Although an evening run along the Thames sounds nice...

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