28 Dec '12, 12am

Proper recovery is the key to long-term results. Run stronger than ever with these #runningtips

As Edelen no doubt felt, it's tempting to focus your training on building toward harder workouts, and schedule rest when your body "needs" it. Studies have found that inexperienced athletes make exactly this mistake, steadily increasing training until fatigue or injury forces them to back off--then repeating the cycle. Experienced athletes deliberately plan their recovery. By taking a rest before it's necessary, they end up accumulating more training overall. Since fatigue accumulates on different time scales--for example, a long run may deplete your glycogen stores for the following day, while joint, tendon, and muscle problems may emerge after many weeks--start off the New Year by "periodizing" your recovery using the following cycles as your guide.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/recover-properly...

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