I have always approached rest very traditionally. I never really ran for more than a day or two without resting my legs (or at least cross-training) for an afternoon. I rolled my eyes at the idiots who would go out and pound the pavement day in and day out. I figured they were overtraining, over-stressing and overdoing it altogether.
Then I did this crazy little running streak over the holidays, and it completely changed how I look at rest. As it turns out, I don’t need to rest like I traditionally thought. In fact, running a little every day helps keep the rust off and might actually help combat fatigue.
That’s not to say that you can go out and kill it every single day. You WILL actually overdo it and get hurt that way. Instead, simply rethink your rest days. Instead of taking the day off entirely, just go out for a mile or two. Easy, relaxed, without a watch — just enough to break a sweat. You’ll be amazed how quickly your legs will bounce back.
Now, get out there and do something! Anything! You’ll see what I mean soon enough. — Aidz