Sometimes the hardest part of training is RESTING!
We don't realize how much we're doing when we increase our work(out) load. Our muscles HAVE to rest, and recover from what it's just done. It's the most important after intense workouts like speed work, and long runs. Each time we are intensifying our run, we are causing our muscles to tear a little bit, and they have to have time to repair. -- Protein aides in the process!-- They grow back stronger!
In my (and probably most) running schedule we have 4 different runs. They are designed to have time to heal when I need to, and rest/cross train after hard or long runs.
My training schedule reads something like this...
Sunday- OFF or cross train
Monday-Recovery run. - Slow,easy, fun, run. For me, this is usually a 4-6 mile run at about 10:00 minute miles.
Tuesday- Speed work. Short distance (3) with sprinting intervals.
Thursday- Tempo ( fast,but not sprint pace) or hills. Usually around 4 miles would be a pace of around 9:00
Friday- OFF/ cross train
Saturday- Long slow run - About 10 minute mile.
I like my recovery days! I don't do anything except maybe yoga * which is usually my cross training * on Sundays, so any lingering soreness is worked out on Monday. I love the way I feel when I run easy runs on Mondays!
Just a reminder that over training will eventually lead to injury! Take care of your body, it will respond better!
Of course the proper shoes, diet, hydration, etc.... Will all make a difference too!
As hard as it is to take days off sometimes, just have to have the discipline to do it!!! Or, not do it.
My favorite recovery concoction ( after really long,hard runs, or races) 2 ibprofens with chocolate milk - I always do chocolate milk- and the clifbar shot rocks! Or any kind of protein. It's recommended that we "protein up" with in 2 hours of our work out, for the best recovery!