Welcome to the October Running Reboot featuring a blog post every weekday. This week the focus is on timing workouts, like when to do strength training (before or after a run), the best workout to do when you are sore from strength training, timing your days off and deciding if you need a rest day.
Today I want you to consider if you need a day completely off from exercise OR if active recovery is a better choice?
Do you normally take Monday as a day off? Have you found that this has been good for mental and physical recovery? Think hard here. Often a day off after a tough training session (think big weekend of miles) makes you feel sluggish or heavy and not great for training the next day. This is why I offer mobility on Monday as a way to get in movements without pounding or too much sweat (lack of pounding helps you physically and lack of sweat helps mentally so you are truly getting a break).
If you don't want to take a day off and feel like mobility is not enough movement for you for the day, design your recovery workouts for speeding recovery.
"Active recovery is not a workout for increasing work capacity. It is a light session to speed recovery so that you can get back to capacity building ASAP. You should feel better at the end of this session than you did at the beginning."
Full read here and ideas for active recovery besides mobility work: https://uphillathlete.com/active-recovery/
Want to talk through what active recovery can look like for you? Ask at this week's office hours, Tuesday from 7:00-8:30pm.