EASY TRAIN TO PROPER REST...
One of the biggest mistakes athletes make when trying to improve their fitness is they undermine the importance of proper rest. Without rest, your fitness, speed and endurance simply will NOT improve. Not to mention you risk other important areas of your training such as potential burnout, overtraining, injury and illness.
When we discuss rest, this includes proper rest after long and/or hard efforts and building proper rest / down weeks into your training plan. If you're following the online plans I have written for the clinic, the rest weeks have been designed for you already. That said, it's always okay to adapt it and take more rest or an extra day off if you need it. Rest weeks are NOT the time to push the envelope. Taking a broader view and applying the stress-recovery philosophy to your long-term training is an important part of becoming a well rounded and balanced athlete.
Here are some basic tips to consider when building your rest / down weeks. Put some thought into it this week so you're mentally prepared for week 5 which marks the first rest week of the clinic!
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