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Is it ok to run on rest days?

Preserved_Moose
Preserved_Moose
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I’m currently on day 2 with all the new pains that go with it. I’m just wondering, is it ok to run at all on rest days or should you stick to just walking?

I couldn’t resist jogging up the road a little on my lunch break, nothing too strenuous and I’m definitely not going to do another full run today. Apart from taking personal comfort into account, how strict do we need to be with this?

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telford_mike
telford_mikeGraduate

You really shouldn’t. Even jogging involves impact, which you should avoid on rest days. But bravo for your enthusiasm!

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Preserved_Moose

Thanks I best take it easy then!

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Blistersnbliss

I am using my rest days to do meditation. All tips around novice runners I have come across have all centred on one fact and that is never to over stretch. Rest days are there for a reason ( not to sustain injuries)

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Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate

Very strict! Your body needs a full day to recover. 😳

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Preserved_Moose

Oops, guess I messed that one up! Ok, I had a 30 second jog, hopefully that won’t set me back *too* much...

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Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate
in reply to Preserved_Moose

Ha ha! I'm sure you will survive!! It's so tempting early on to run on rest days. A few weeks after graduation and running 5k now I take two rest days!! 😁😁

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Cornet-Carolyn

Follow the programme and definitely have rest days. Your muscles need to recover or you will get injured before you get very far, sorry!

Have fun with you running 👍

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

You need to be very strict with yourself for a lot of months to avoid massively increased injury risk. Walking is great on rest days though... but the admins will know if you have both feet off the ground at the same time, they’re on it more that the 50k walk judges at the olympics 😂

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Beccym
BeccymGraduate

As a new runner rest days are important. You could go for a walk or swimming instead

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JacquiAM
JacquiAMGraduate

Walking, swimming, cycling or strength training on rest days are all good 😊

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