One of my christmas presents this year was the Athlete’s Palate Cookbook. I had asked for it because I wanted to find more recipes that would fit in with my training both in terms of fuelling and recovering from runs.
I had an opportunity to try my first recipe from the book this past weekend when I made the Penne Arrabbiata recipe found on page 94. I used a can of crushed tomatoes instead of the can of diced tomatoes the recipe called for.
For meat I used maple smoked bacon and I would recommend that option if you try this recipe.
I enjoyed this meal and can definitely see myself maiing it again the night before a long run.
With my current current running routine I generally run 6 times per week and schedule one day of rest where I find something else to do although with Monday night soccer season having started for the summer again I am currently replacing one of my easier runs of the week with soccer.
I don’t generally plan my rest days ahead of time, some weeks I will take it the day after a long run other weeks it will come mid-week because of bad weather. For example, with rain for much of the day and dark clouds sticking around late in the afternoon I decided at 4:00 to make today a rest day.
I guess the point I am trying to make here is that I don’t have a set schedule for my rest days other than the fact that I make a point of taking at least one per week. Factors like fatigue and the weather determine when I fit in my day of rest.
Of course this routine can be thrown off during a week of exceptionally poor weather or when I am exceptionally busy with other commitments. In these cases I often look to make up extra mileage during my other runs to make up for the lost mileage.
How do you plan your rest days, do you follow a regular schedule?