The first thing to realize about recovery is that properly integrated recovery is about much more than simply taking a day of rest. We can break recovery into three main areas:
1. Training recovery includes seasonal breaks. These include:
It is important for runners to embrace the lower stress sessions as a part of the program, and it takes real courage to embrace this. Too many make the light sessions too hard.
2. Lifestyle recovery cannot be separated from the program. We have to include some focus on:
We tie this into the program, but without proper sleep and fueling, any great training program cannot be optimized.
3. Recovery modalities, which include:
In other words, everything you can buy! For me, these are pure afterthoughts, relative to the critical need to create positive habits around the training plan and the lifestyle recovery. These only become truly productive on a bedrock of good general habits.