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1542 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 1, 2012 5:48 PM by lenzlaw
expatCanuck Rookie 7 posts since
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Jun 1, 2012 1:42 PM

Can I *walk* on my rest day?

Greetings -


Testing the running waters (as it were) after a lifetime (50+ years) of mostly non-running.

Not that I've been entirely sedentary ... I've enjoyed cycling, rowing, swimming, and one heck of a lot of walking.


Typically, I walk at least *part* (if not all) of the 4 miles to and/or from work.


On running days, I'll run as much of that distance as I feel able --

currently a little over half, in chunks.


My question -- on a rest day, is it okay to still do the walk to/from work?

  • EMTTrix Pro 60 posts since
    May 20, 2012
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    1. Jun 1, 2012 5:05 PM (in response to expatCanuck)
    Can I *walk* on my rest day?

    I am not a seasoned runner by any means, but I do light cardio like walking or biking on my 'rest' days.  It helps me keep my muscles loose, and eases the little aches from a hard run the day before.  I dont think anyone would ever tell you not to do some light cardio on any given day.  Swimming is a great recovery day workout, I am waiting for Wisconsin to warm up to take advantage of the many lakes!

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  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    2. Jun 1, 2012 5:48 PM (in response to expatCanuck)
    Can I *walk* on my rest day?

    Should be fine. In fact, Hal Higdon mentions it as an often ignored cross-training method.  It also works as recovery after a long run or race. 




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