It's a great feeling, running after a couple days off. By the time Friday's workout ended, I was 34 miles into the week and really tired. Today, after taking the weekend off, I felt great from the first step. Even though the wind was pounding me the whole 6 miles, I felt strong and ran a fast 6 miles. I didn't take it easy on the hills either, I ran strong and tried to get myself moving with good strides up each rolling hill.
Rest is important to the body as it needs time to repair itself. Sleep, nutrition, active rest, etc., all aid in the body recovering from intense activity for the week. It is especially important to us Masters athletes ( I F-ing hate that term BTW, I'm faster than most 25 year olds) because of the time to recover. Take this excerpt from an article by Pete Magill (running Genius) at Competitor Magazine online:
Overtraining in younger athletes generally results from an extended period of running too hard, too long, or a combination of both. In masters runners, a single instance of two hard workouts in a row without adequate recovery can do the same. That’s because aging slows healing in muscles and connective tissue, reduces some hormonal production (including Growth Hormone [GH or HGH], which activates fitness adaptation), and is inevitably accompanied by a loss in nervous system efficiency. Blast your body while it’s still struggling to recover from a previous workout, and we masters don’t bend, we break.
For the duration of the workout, my splits looked like this below. I am still using my phone for my GPS by the way. It sucks, I hate running with its gigantitude in my front pocket bouncing around. It is quite annoyning. Yes, I know gigantitude is not a word, but I don't care. I am getting closer to buying a new watch though. I have narrowed it down to a couple choices. Right now, the Garmin Forerunner 230 is in the lead!!!