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When was the last time you took full rest day.?

Rest Days are Key to Staying Healthy

Planning a full rest day into your routine can actually make you a better runner. Here’s how it works.

August 26, 2020Amanda Smith


Whether training for your next marathon or your first 5K, there is something crucial that can sometimes be neglected by women with a lot of ambition—rest (especially in the form of one full rest day).

When rest is neglected, training suffers. Adequate rest and nutrition throughout any training process are the best ways to ensure not only performance, but overall good health and injury prevention. According to the 2020 National Runner Survey, half of all respondents had an injury that kept them from running for four or more days in the last 12 months.

Fitting in rest days are crucial to keeping your body going in the long run. “It’s extra time to allow for all the, essentially, mechanical repair to go on in the body; production of collagen to repair tendons, muscles, bones, all those tissues taking some breakdown in normal exercise,” says Robert Wayner, PT, DPT, and director of the Ohio Center for Running Performance. A rest day also allows the body to build energy stores back up. “We know that our athletes, over a six-day training period, they may start the week off with full tanks and really good energy balance. But as the week wears on then, especially since some of their workouts are more demanding than others, those more demanding ones are going to take a longer period of time to essentially recoup from caloric energy-wise,” he says. One consequence of continually skipping the rest day and not allowing energy stores to build back up is developing Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) that Wayner says he sees runners fall into inadvertently.

A lot of runners feel guilt around taking a rest day, which comes as a result of a society that glorifies productivity and hyper-competitiveness. Those feelings are especially felt by women who try to ‘do it all.’ The reality is that you cannot train to your full potential if you never let off the gas. Eventually something will break down. For that reason, a group of runners created an Instagram account dedicated solely to idealizing rest where they show how runners like Colleen Quigley, Amelia Boone, or Molly Seidel spend their rest days.

Women’s Running@WomensRunning

Shoes are a runner’s only protection; be sure to get the right kind:@ClevelandClinic

As a runner, a good shoe can make or break you.

The best method to avoid injury is prevention, and one of the best prevention techniques is investing in a good running shoe that is specific to you.

Pick your running shoe poorly and you could end up with shin splints, back pain, blisters, Achilles tendon problems or toenail issues. Wearing the correct shoe is one way runners can safeguard themselves from injury and other weird issues.

Michele Dierkes, PT, DPT, ATC, offers advice when it comes to finding your perfect running shoe.

What makes a good running shoe?

There are three specific types of running shoes: cushion, stability/neutral and motion control. Before starting a running program, be sure you have the right shoe to get the job done. You should buy shoes that are appropriate for your foot type and training intensity. Determine if it makes sense for you to invest in a running shoe or a walking shoe.

Once the right shoe is selected, it’s important to maintain and take good care of it, especially if you’re covering lots of miles. It’s also important to be aware of the replacement guidelines and the life of the shoe.

Your first stop when picking out running shoes

The best thing you can do as a runner and before you invest in running shoes is to get a gait analysis done, which is a simple running test that evaluates your running mechanics and form.

A physical therapist or exercise physiologist can perform the gait analysis and will determine the variables that contribute to your foot type and guide you in selecting the best shoe for you. A gait analysis also allows the expert to see other variables that can help keep you injury-free. Many running stores usually provide some form of gait analysis or evaluation as well.

Consider the midsole of the shoe

Shoes have several components, so it’s a good idea to be aware of their functions and what they are designed to do.

The component that controls and gives the foot support is called the midsole. This is the part of the shoe sandwiched between the part that touches the ground, called the outsole and the part of the shoe in which the sock liner rests, called the insole.

The midsole serves as the external shock absorption system, which can protect your body from the impact and stress of running.

Different brands of running shoes have different kinds of midsoles. A midsole can be made from:

  • Polyurethane foam.
  • Air units.
  • Gel units.
  • Ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA).

A midsole made primarily of EVA generally is light and compressible. Midsoles made of polyurethane are denser, heavier and more durable than those made of EVA.

Each material has unique properties and can react differently in various climates. For instance, polyurethane and air units were found to remain firmer in hot temperatures than EVA and gel units. So if you know you’ll be running a lot when it’s hot out, consider the midsole material.

The stiffer and firmer the midsole, the more control the shoe will give your foot. You can use your thumbnail to push on the midsole to determine the firmness along the inside of shoe.

Soft or firm midsole?

The type of midsole that is right for you depends on the mechanics of your foot throughout the running cycle. Pronation of the foot occurs after the foot hits the ground. Pronation is our bodies’ ability to absorb ground reaction forces. It is a natural movement of the foot that occurs differently in each person. A runner who over-pronates usually has a low arch. A runner who under-pronates, or supinates, usually has a higher foot arch.

Generally, if you have high arches, you should run in cushion-type shoes, which have a softer midsole. High-arch runners are prone to bony type injuries like stress fractures due to higher loading rates from inadequate foot pronation. Cushioned shoes allow the foot to pronate, or turn, so your body can absorb the shock of your feet hitting the ground.

If you have low arches, you should run in stability or motion-control type shoes with firmer midsoles that control the amount of pronation. Low-arch runners generally are prone to overuse soft tissue injuries like tendinopathy due to excessive foot pronation.

No two feet are alike. Generalizations about arch height can be made, but they are not hard and fast rules. For example, a runner can have a low arch, but still need a cushion shoe.

Several variables contribute to pronation of our feet and may affect the type of shoe needed. For instance, weakness of the hip muscles can cause more foot pronation.

All of these considerations and individual factors are just more reasons to seek the help of a professional first.

How to get a proper shoe fit

Dierkes offers these tips when shopping for running shoes:

  • Get sized in the evening, because your feet are longer at the end of the day.
  • Wear running socks when trying on shoes to ensure proper fit.
  • Bring your prescribed orthotics.
  • Allow a half-inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Take a test run in store before purchasing.

How to make your running shoes last

Taking good care of your running shoes will help their longevity and decrease your risk of injury. Consider the following when it comes to getting the most out of your shoes:

  • Wear running shoes only for running. Wearing them to play other sports can break down the motion control and cushioning properties.
  • Don’t kick off shoes without untying them. This will destroy the heel of the shoe.
  • Avoid running in wet shoes. A wet midsole has 40 to 50% less shock-absorption capability.
  • Allow shoes 24 hours to restore absorption capabilities after running. The midsole needs time to restore its shape after wear and tear.
  • Alternate running shoes if you run every day.

How often should you replace your running shoes?

According to some research, there’s a strong link between not changing your running shoes and injuries. So the more you run and wear them out, the more likely it is that you’ll develop an injury. For this reason it’s recommended to replace your running shoes every 400 miles to 600 miles or about every six months. Running shoes also lose 30 to 50% of their shock absorption after about 250 miles of use.

Typically, the midsole of a shoe will break down before the outsole, because midsoles are made of less durable materials than the outsoles. So if the midsole begins to look cracked or display wrinkles then it’s time to get a new pair – but who doesn’t love a sleek new pair of running shoes?

When was the last time you took full rest day.?

Rest Days are Key to Staying Healthy

Planning a full rest day into your routine can actually make you a better runner. Here’s how it works.

August 26, 2020Amanda Smith


Whether training for your next marathon or your first 5K, there is something crucial that can sometimes be neglected by women with a lot of ambition—rest (especially in the form of one full rest day).

When rest is neglected, training suffers. Adequate rest and nutrition throughout any training process are the best ways to ensure not only performance, but overall good health and injury prevention. According to the 2020 National Runner Survey, half of all respondents had an injury that kept them from running for four or more days in the last 12 months.

Fitting in rest days are crucial to keeping your body going in the long run. “It’s extra time to allow for all the, essentially, mechanical repair to go on in the body; production of collagen to repair tendons, muscles, bones, all those tissues taking some breakdown in normal exercise,” says Robert Wayner, PT, DPT, and director of the Ohio Center for Running Performance. A rest day also allows the body to build energy stores back up. “We know that our athletes, over a six-day training period, they may start the week off with full tanks and really good energy balance. But as the week wears on then, especially since some of their workouts are more demanding than others, those more demanding ones are going to take a longer period of time to essentially recoup from caloric energy-wise,” he says. One consequence of continually skipping the rest day and not allowing energy stores to build back up is developing Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) that Wayner says he sees runners fall into inadvertently.

A lot of runners feel guilt around taking a rest day, which comes as a result of a society that glorifies productivity and hyper-competitiveness. Those feelings are especially felt by women who try to ‘do it all.’ The reality is that you cannot train to your full potential if you never let off the gas. Eventually something will break down. For that reason, a group of runners created an Instagram account dedicated solely to idealizing rest where they show how runners like Colleen Quigley, Amelia Boone, or Molly Seidel spend their rest days.

Women’s Running@WomensRunning

May Your Run be as STRONG as your coffee


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May Your Run be as STRONG as your coffee ☕️!
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Monday vibes Winter Wonderland edition ❄️! Woke up to some fresh powder this morning and some super icy 🥶 roads. It was essentially a whiteout hence why this picture looks like I took it with a white backdrop 😂! Therefore, I’ll be taking today’s speed workout to the treadmill later since it’s just not worth the risk of falling. I’m so excited to start week 4 of @demarathon and @hotchocolate15k training!
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Ps. It’s Monday and a new month so let’s hear what goals you’re planning to crush this month ⬇️?!
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