Train, sleep, rest, recover, repeat
In the lead up to an event, it’s easy to become so focused on what’s going on during training that you forget about the importance of looking after yourself when you’re not running. Rest and recovery is often an element of training that’s easy to get wrong. Sometimes, we could be guilty of resting too much!
It’s important to steadily build up mileage and gradually increase the duration and intensity of training to match your ability and goals. Nutrition is also important – giving your body what it needs to repair, replace and recover so you can get the most out of your training.
Planned rest days should be in every training plan, but sometimes there will be times when unplanned rest is needed. Don’t mistake unplanned rest for feeling a little tired – try not to talk yourself out of a training session! If you feel like you are getting ill or you are overly stressed, if your recent training performances have been lacklustre or if you have some noticeable, unusual, joint pain, then you really do need to listen to your body.
Sleep is the big one. It’s the foundation to our lives and can have a huge impact on everything. Track your sleep and consider establishing a pre-bed protocols. From going to bed earlier, switching off your phone an hour before or reading to relax, there are always ways to improve and they can have instant results on performance.
Your body needs all the components for health and performance. Train intelligently, fuel correctly, and don’t neglect the importance of quality sleep and adequate rest!