Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rest: Too Much Is Better Than Too Little

In the blog post linked below, I like the message of encouraging runners to rest more, but the underlying message of only taking one day a week or less off from running is a little troubling. That may be fine for elite athletes, but for most runners it will not be enough.

There is a time to rest-not halfway rest: Why Sammy Wanjiru takes Sundays off - Posted by Steven Magness

When I read the following excerpt, I almost fell off my chair.
Am I suggesting you take a day off every week? No. I myself don’t do that and I’m not sure if I could bring myself to it. I’m just pointing out some trends that seem interesting and getting you to think differently about accepted norms.
One of the biggest problems I have, when coaching runners, is convincing them that more is not always better, and that obsessive training is usually counter productive. My advice is just to listen to your body. If you are not running well, it is time to take a rest from running. Most people will only be able to do 2 to 4 days of quality training per week. The other days can be split between total rest, and doing some other type of conditioning. Rest is the time when your body grows stronger. If you don't get enough rest you not fully benefit from your workouts.

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