Confession: I used to really struggle with rest days. I can get so antsy and yes, get FOMO that some of my running group is running while I am not. More recently, I’ve come to realize the importance of taking a rest day from running. I am fully aware that rest days are crucial to staying injury-free and to achieving peak performance. So why are they so hard to do? Worry no more, I’ve got 5 ideas on how to stay busy on your rest day.
5 Ways To Stay Busy On Your Rest Day
Try out one of these rest day activities to stay busy on your off day. Maybe you won’t even miss your run.
Cook it up
Runners are always thinking about food and what to eat prerun or for post run refueling. Rest days are great for grocery shopping, meal planning, and meal prep.
That closet you have been meaning to organize? The laundry that you meant to sort and put away? Organization is a great way to stay busy on a rest day.
Make plans with nonrunning friends
If the majority of your social life is centered around running, it is easy to neglect other friends in your life Rest days are the perfect time to schedule a lunch or coffee date with nonrunning friends or family.
Schedule Dr/dentist appt
No one wants to give up precious running time to spend in a Dr or Dentist’s office. Try scheduling those appointments on rest days. Makes them a little less painful.
Daytime movie date
Popcorn anyone? Plan a daytime movie date (at home) or board game day with your spouse or kids.
Spend your rest day researching and planning future running races.
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