Well after my first ever post about not taking rest days, *mistake *to even mention it, here I am again. This is like a log of my own experience, not a motivation letter to others or so:
WEEK 1: I didn't take rest days for w1. So I ran three consecutive days of 1 min run-1 min walk x 8. Boring as heavens, but I am very convinced that I can never run for longer periods of time, so I did it with a feeling of accomplishment at the end. Yes, mixed feelings here.
WEEK 2: Again I didn't take rest days. Plus, continued to work out (resistance training plus yoga). I am quite stressed nowadays, and tiring my body helps a lot to deal with it. (This was against every sane suggestion I got here, so definitely not an advice). So as I was tired, 90 sec running seemed/felt like a lot harder but only for the second and third times, then I was again very happy/bored/happy with the rest of the session.
WEEK 3: And I went even further by not taking a day off between W2 and 3. I thought I wouldn't run those 3 mins multiple times, but realised how easy it was. This time not bored, just happy. I did it twice. For the last session of W3, it was a cold Edinburgh night when I was trying to go home from my office, had a heavy backpack but I said, ok, I will try to run and see how much I can run before I regret this decision. 15 minutes, non-stop, a bit hill up, a bit slope down, 2.5 km.
MY LEGS FELT IT, more, my knees felt it.
I was veeery tired, but extremely happy. Really really happy.
Then I took two days off. Didn't even try to run 60 secs. I took the advice finally, because I thought yes, this is what they are trying to say.
Today was my first run of WEEK 4. I am over-working at work and my work-outs are getting also heavier. So I ran happily with no complaints about the music or the long walks - which are thankfully getting shorter-, and now I know I am gonna take tomorrow as a rest day.
I am going to leave Edinburgh in mid-May, and my only aim is to graduate before I leave, by running in the Holyrood Park three times a week. I feel like I can do it, and even this feeling is enough to make me smile. I cannot imagine how actually running 5k will feel like?! I heard some people cry??? This can be me =D