36-hours rule

I read somewhere that 36 hours after your run, you should feel fresh and ready to go! If you're still feeling tired after 36 hours, you've been overdoing it.

Another indication of overdoing it, are cravings for something sweet. I'm always craving chocolate, so that doesn't help me much. And another problem with this rule, is that there are seldomly 36 hours between my runs. I run on Sunday-, Tuesday-, Thursday-, Friday- and sometimes Saturdaymorning. That's only 24 hours at best...

However, I do think it's a good rule. Sometimes I do feel tired when I go out for my run. Last week I got a cold, and had to skip two runs, and my body was really grateful! And it thanked me by running like a race horse smelling a great carrot.

I wonder if the 36-hours rule applies to motherhood… If so, I've definitely overdone things, because 36 hours after some fanatic parenting, I'm definitely still tired!

Are you familiar with the 36-hour rule?
How much time do you allow between runs?


Anne said...

I can't say I've heard of this rule, but it makes sense, provided all other things are equal. And when does *that* ever happen to Moms?!

Robin said...

Thanks for the visit. I haven't heard that rule, and I seldom get 36 hours between runs, especially in a training cycle (running or motherhood lol).

Jennifer P said...

I'd never heard of that, but I have to admit, after many days of back to back runs, I had a 36 hour break. My legs felt much better. It confirmed that I shouldn't be a streak runner.

MCM Mama said...

Interesting rule. I've never heard it before. And I do like a rest day at least once a week, which should give you at least that many hours.

And don't get me started on the parenting. I'm counting down the hours until an 18 hour break while my boys go on sleepovers. Pretty sure I'll still be tired when they get back. ;o)

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