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I will use the Runner's World 50 miler training program to train for Umstead (my first 50). The schedule gives you 2 rest days a week, 1 before and 1 after the back-to-back long runs. Does that mean full rest or just rest from running? Is it ok to take 1 full rest day and XT the other one?<br>
As XT, I do mostly swimming (varying from 1500 to 3000m), strength training and stationary bike, to stay off my feet. I do combine them on the same XT day, though. Is it too much? Should I play by ear?<br>
Any input appreciated.<br>
Thanks in advance<br><br>
Ty
 

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i think one XT day and one full rest day is good. If you want to XT more, swap out a shorter run day.
 

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I would agree with merigayle. Just make sure that the one rest day is complete rest. Rest does not include strength training. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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yea... first I thought I could get away with that, but I am sure I will be worn out enough to follow the rules <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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IEH4M-<br><br>
I know a couple people that used this plan for their first 50M. They did great. Its a very thorough plan.<br><br>
IMO, you can do well a less runs or days per week. In my experience, I took a rest or an active recovery day on Monday after a big back-to-back weekend.<br><br>
What I'm saying: As you train on, continue to listen to your body and if needed, consider extra rest. Think of training plans as a point of departure, rather than a strict schedule. As you take your training (and your body) to new distances and heights, your body might need the extra rest. Even if its at the expense of your training plan.<br><br>
You have a tremendous work ethic and drive. I imagine that you'll rock Umstead. Good luck!
 

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tks for the input, roots and OS! I think my toughest challenge will be to pick up the hints to hold back. I usually get over tiredness too easily. I have zero speed, but I can tolerate a huge volume of training hours. I just keep going. I am not biomechanically efficient, so that combination could hurt me. I guess I should force myself to be a little more conservative until I see what the big days will do to my body.
 
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