Runners Notes
By Heather Cass Erie Times-News staff blogger
If you want to know anything about the local running scene, ask Heather Cass. A member of the Erie Runners Club for 10-plus years, she is immersed in the local fitness culture, and she's taking your questions.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: January 30th, 2013
Words to Run by: Rest before your body rests you

“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.  ;-)


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