Couch to 5K
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Exercise on days off

Just done W5R3 which was hard work, have been pushing myself a little too hard I reckon, had always had a rest day off until Saturday when I did a parkrun (8m run, 5m walk, 8m run, 5m walk, 8m run) after W5R2 on Friday. Still tender today but pushed on and it turned out it wasn't the best...

Anyway, I am frustrated by not doing anything on days off. What can I do? Is non impact stuff ok? Swimming/cycling/cross trainer? My bike is knackered but info have a cross trainer at home...

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I think as long as the activity is low impact then it’s fine. Yoga, swimming, cycling are all good. I personally go to the gym and lift weights which helps build those strong legs so I would recommend that ☺️

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Non-impact stuff is fine, but try to have a day of full rest! Try and get a bit of strength work in there also!

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It tells you here....

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

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Swim, cycle, climb, walk, garden, yoga, squats.. strength and stamina, the idea is that you should... do exercise on non run days... building up strength and stamina is essential especially as the runs get longer:)

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Read the guide to the plan that davelinks has linked to for basic advice and get yourself active on your rest day. It will make you a better runner than running every day. Rest days from running are crucial to new runners........please take them.

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Thanks all, have learned a lesson over this weekend. Will take it easier but maybe a bit of swimming or cross trainer (cardio but low impact) on rest days. Will let my body be my guide!

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