Courage and Rest

February 26th, 2011

Like many athletes, I have struggled at times with overtraining. Athletics is largely about “sucking it up” and although that mindset can be hugely valuable, it is also risky. One thing that I have learned and learned the hard way, is that it takes great courage to rest. Our instinct is to do more – run that extra mile, squeeze in that one more tempo or long run, hit the gym one more time even though we are tired and sore. It takes courage, however, to back off and let the body recover. We think we’ll lose fitness, but in reality we actually gain it when resting. There are certain things I keep an eye on to help me know when I can keep the throttle down, when I am at risk of over-doing it, and when I should simply stop and rest- my mood, energy levels, sleep, urine color, training performance, appetite, muscle soreness, etc. When my body is telling me to rest, I rest. So far I’ve been pleased with the results. I’ve been getting stronger and performing better with the kettlebells and at my crossfit workouts. Most importantly, I’ve felt better and more present during the day with my clients and family.

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