Had an enforced "rest" from running (had to fit in 4 taekwon-do classes) for over a week. Went back to "run" (well, run-walk) my usual 5k route for the first time yesterday not knowing what to expect. Legs felt MUCH stronger (not an ache or pain in sight), breathing easier, beat my PB. Also strange thing, got on our (albeit slightly wonky and unpredictable) scales yesterday and have lost - apparently - 6lb in the last week. This is after exercising like mad since January and not losing anything!
And the scales say the same today, so can't be a fluke - can it?
Is this NORMAL? I know rest days are good and why, but didn't expect such a dramatic change after a week off. And what about the weight loss? Is there some wierd biological process whereby your body burns calories faster when it's given a break?