“It’s tempting to focus your training on building toward harder workouts, and schedule rest when your body “needs” it. Studies have found that inexperienced athletes make exactly this mistake, steadily increasing training until fatigue or injury forces them to back off—then repeating the cycle. Experienced athletes deliberately plan their recovery. By taking a rest before it’s necessary, they end up accumulating more training overall.”
— Alex Hutchnson, Runner’s World magazine, January 2013
Winter is a the time to rest and let your body heal. Some might even say that rest (and a little winter weight gain) is exactly what nature intended for us to do in the cold, dark days of winter.
If you’re forcing yourself out in the worst of weather, hell-bent on achieving more and more and more, ask yourself why. What is to be gained and do you honestly think that missing one workout (or two or three or five) is really going to hurt you? I’ve been running long enough to know the answer to that question. If you don’t know the answer yet, you will, grasshopper….you will.