I knew right from the start of training that rest was just as important as training and nutrition. I’d read it hundreds of times; rest days should be treated with as much importance as a scheduled workout, and 8 hours sleep a night is just as vital as the weekly long run.
Nonetheless, I have been failing in this respect. In my first week of “real” training, I was still trying to be social, to drink at weekends, and to just wing it as far as nutrition was concerned. I quickly learnt my lesson when, exhausted, I flopped into bed at 10pm on the Friday and woke at 3pm on the Saturday. That’s 17 hours sleep for anyone that’s counting!
And whilst I’ve definitely reeled it in as far as the socialising and alcohol are concerned, I’m just not sleeping enough, and its starting to translate to fuckups in my everyday life. So this weekend I headed off to my parents’ house for some well earned R & R. I raced a 10k, which was actually pretty tough, but the weekend has mainly been about switching off, eating, and napping.
That’s all folks! How do you make sure you get the right amount of rest? And what is the right amount of rest for your personally?
Lots of love,