I was reading an article recently about the importance of rest in the training process. While consistency is important, regularly taking time to rest is equally important.
According to the article, not resting adequately after a long run or hard workout can actually lead to a plateau or stagnation in progress. We often think that if we take any time off, we will lose ground in conditioning. In reality, resting for up to 7-10 days after a difficult workout, run or race won't negatively impact your fitness level, but rather it will enable you to continue making progress without injury or overtraining.
This information will be a relief to some but those who are especially driven will be skeptical. It's those type A personalities that are often dealing with injury because of overtraining, but they continue in fear that they will lose an edge.
In fact, the importance of rest isn't really new information at all. Early in history, God gave direction to the Israelites that they were to work for 6 days and rest on the 7th. Exodus 34:21 "Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest, you must rest."
Jesus set the example during his ministry, by getting away with his disciples to rest. After learning of the execution of John the Baptist, Jesus said in Mark 6:31 "Come with my by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Many other times it's recorded that Jesus took a break from the crowds and got away to a quiet place to rest.
So whether you have a busy work schedule or have been consistently training for a long period of time, remember to step away from time to time and rest.
When you are well rested, come join the Calvary Running Team for a run or walk. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at the new Millrace extension. We will NOT meet on Saturday this week. And on Sunday we will meet at 5 pm at Clearwater trailhead.