6 FOLLOW STRESS WITH REST
Top American runner Bernard Lagat takes a rest day at the end of every hard training week – an uncommon practice among pros. On those days, the five-time Olympian engages only in activities that relax and restore his body and mind, such as massage, light stretching, and playing with his kids. He also takes a five-week break from exercise at the end of each season, a practice that has helped his career stretch on for almost 20 years. Many of us believe that if we’re not always working hard, we’ll fail to thrive. But if we never take ‘easy’ periods, we’re never able to go full- throttle. APPLY IT
Stress plus rest equals growth, which we call ‘ the growth equation’. Too much stress leads to injury or burnout; too much rest leads to a failure to improve. So, follow hard days with easy ones, and plan regular rest days (one to three per week). After a few hard weeks of training, take an easier, step-back week. And schedule a longer break (at least 10 days) from running after your marathon.