Recovery is one of the most essential elements in your running game. It’s what wards off the shin splints, keeps the muscles firm and the ligaments in shape.
You may think, initially, that resting means you are eventually going to slow down because you’re not logging as many miles. But that’s not the case at all. The body needs time to rest and recover from those long runs. If you don’t give your body time to rest, you are simply going to overwork yourself to the point of exhaustion.
When that happens the body tends to shut down, regardless of what you are trying to achieve. This will certainly work against you and any desire to work more or log more miles.
How can you avoid this? Proper maintenance of the body is one way. Rest, recover and then run. Make sure you log one or two days of recovery period every single week. Your IT Band will thank you. Take a look at today’s article and learn how to stretch, warm up properly and care for your body so you don’t break down or cause yourself even more serious issues.
Read the full article here: The golden 10 recovery principles for runners