Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Monster Question/Rest Poll

At The Runner's Lounge, this weeks "take and run Thursday" we are to ask a question of cyberspace runners! I have a question and a poll option.

How many rest days do you take in your average training week? Rest day is defined as total rest from any form of exercise. You may answer in the sidebar poll or as a comment.

I also have a question for the nutritionists out there. Is there a downside to drinking energy drinks such as a low carb Monster?

Thanks for your votes and check back for the results!


Amy@RunnersLounge said...

I have recently changed my perspective on this and now am doing only 3 days of running instead of 4-5 and am doing 3 days of "gentle" cross training (at least 30 minutes). And one day off completely. It seems to be a better balance for me personally.

Tom said...

John. Thanks for the advice about more rest. I'm working on my sleep.

What I've found is that other good-hearted fellow runners are more focused and care more about my recovery and sleep than I do.

Thanks also for setting up the poll. I voted right away.

Bryan said...

I've used 4 different training programs over the last several months and the each offer a slightly different take on how many days to run each week and what to do on those non-running days. Currently, I am running 4 days per week, with either rest or cross-training prescribed for each of the other 3 days. I always try to work in 2 strength training days per week on those days, and find that I typically take the one remaining rest/XT day off completely.

When I've used various Hal Higdon plans, I found myself very ready for my scheduled complete rest day.

Nat said...

I run no more than 4 days a week. And usually take the day prior and the after my long run as a rest day. Which gives me one day for X-training. I am presently thinking of adding a strength training, which I will add on a rest day.

I find if I push it more than that it just sucks up my life.

Paul said...

None ideally! I only take a day off if I'm completely cooked or too busy. Which usually ends up being 1 day every two to three weeks.

Anonymous said...

I was up to 6 days a week, one day off. I liked it, but I had to be careful to vary my training or risk getting overtrained.

It did suck up my life a little bit, but I enjoyed the rhythm of my days and felt like I was continually challenged.

If you do up your training days, sleep becomes SO SO SO important.

Andrea said...

I used to run 4-5 days a week, but I set a new years resolution to run every day (at least 1 mile). The only day I missed was the day after Boston. I make sure that at least one or two days are "easy" (low heart rate).

Andrew is getting fit said...

I only run 3 days a week.

Eric said...

Typically I maintain a 6 day workout/week. Run 3 days, XT 3 days, and alternate days between my core workout and my strength workout. The 7th day I take completely off.
I also agree that sleep is very important as well as a good diet.