I only ended up working out two days last week (although, I did three workouts), which means I took quite a few rest days.
After the “WODs and Paleo Retreat,” I definitely needed a couple of days of rest (beach WODs, paddle boarding, throwdown, oh my!), so I took Tuesday and Wednesday off. I got back into the swing of things with a double workout on Thursday, which I typically only need one day to recover from. But, with the Falmouth Road Race coming up tomorrow, I figured I should give my body plenty of time to rest, so I took off another two days.
Now that I am older, I feel like my body doesn’t recover as quickly as it used to. Of course, this depends on the actual workout I do and what I eat and how much I sleep afterward, but, in general, it takes my body at least a full day to feel 100% again. I can usually get away with an “active recovery” workout after a hard (or heavy) one, but sometimes I just need two full days before I can go all out and perform my best at my next workout
Anyway, here’s a recap of last week’s workouts!
Thursday: 6 miles + CrossFit
I’m really enjoying my half marathon training plan from Abby. I missed a few runs when I was in Cabo last week, but, I honestly could not have fit them in with all of the activity we did. I would have died. CrossFit + running = exhausting. And, hey, it’s not like I was just sitting on my butt, right? Anyway, I’m back on track with my training this week!
Here’s the workout I did on Thursday: 2 mile warm up, 4 x 800m (400m active recovery btw sets), 1 mile @ 8:30 (6 miles)
Those 800s were so tough! That’s such a brutal distance to run as a fast interval. Almost every time I looked at my Timex GPS Watch (is it over yet?!?), I’d only be halfway with another 400 meters to run. GAH! It was so hard!
Making sure I fully recovered between each 800m was key for me. It was supposed to be an active recovery, so I jogged slowly and even walked during the 400s, which ended up being a good decision since I was able to hit almost all of my time goals for the 800s.
All in all, it was a great workout, and I was surprised how quickly those 6 miles flew by, which is something I haven’t thought in ages!
My second workout of the day was CrossFit. I wasn’t planning to go, but then Jess suggested driving down to Falmouth after class, so I decided to go. It actually wasn’t too tough of a workout (rowing + kettlebell swings). I finished 5 rounds in 12 minutes.
Questions of the Day
Do you ever take double rest days?
How long does it typically take you to recover from a workout?