…d if there is one lesson I learned, it’s that there is a huge difference between rest and recovery. The average weekly training load for any competitive collegiate distance runner is around 60 to 70 miles, and it can get exhausting. But ask any runner how they recover, and their answer may surprise you: “I recover by going for an …
I was a college runner too! Maxed out at 90 per week and just signed up for Boston! I like this article — I used to perceive it as there being an optimal amount of rest. If I take 1 day off it destroys my rhythm for a week. 2 days? Might as well have not run for months. Even if it’s just a 4 mile shakeout, just getting your body and mind adjusted to the daily grind is really important.
It has to be a habit or routine, and recovery to us always meant sleeping well, not going out till 3 in the morning, and eating well. I was not good at this back in the day — I think I’m still not, but thanks for the great article as inspiration!