You may not be at this point yet, but running can be addictive. Once your body has got used to it, it will start asking for me. Don’t get me wrong, that’s all good. But keep in mind that you'll need to give yourself a break. That time you spent a way from running is often as important as your athletic activities.
Here is why: muscles need time to rest after a workout. Rest is when your muscle cells recover and grow, at the same time. If you don’t rest your muscles, you're looking at pain first, then, eventually, injury. I've seen it countless times: you train through the pain because you keep telling yourself it will go away. It won't. Don’t do it. Continued pain is a warning sign. Your body is giving you a hint that something has broken or soon will.
"Your body and mind need a break every now and then."
What I recommend is active recovery. If running hurts, you may want to go for a swim or bike ride. Doing something different exposes your body to different types of exercise, giving the muscles you've over-used a chance to rest while still being put to good use.
Oh, one more thing: my former coach insisted I write down all my training, and I recommend you to do the same. You’ll see a pattern emerging and get a really good idea of what works for you, exercise-wise, and it’ll help you to remember to take break every now and then.
Colin Jackson (48) is the International Sports Director of the Wings for Life World Run and two-time 110m hurdles world champion.
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