Stop to Speed Up: Rest to Make Yourself Faster

The beginning of race season is upon us and nothing could be more appropriate. After your first race of the year, it’s a great moment to reflect and set your time goals for 2017. But what about rest?

Some may ask, “Did you take the winter off, or did you continue training?” There are different opinions regarding taking breaks, and some people say that if you take too much time off you will lose what you have gained. I personally feel that you have to give your body rest, and the amount needed varies from person to person.

For example, a running friend of mine will nap during lunch time to allow his body to repair itself during race season. Some people go by their average resting heart rate, and others have a set amount of time that they take off after a race. Some forego any rest and continue to train hard, which can lead to injury which many push through only to make matters worse. It’s extremely tempting to come back from this injury too soon, and these individuals can re-injure themselves.

Instead of quantity (or junk miles) that can lead to fatigue and stress on your body, think quality!

What makes you faster is a combination of a few things:

  1. Conversation pace runs
  2. Speed and fartlek training
  3. Weekly, slow, long distance run
  4. Eating healthy - be conscious of what you are eating.  If you are feeding your body junk your body will give you junk back
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. REST!

Remember, increasing your speed isn’t a singular factor, it’s a combination of things.

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**Who is Ted Corbitt?  (January 31, 1919 – December 12, 2007)  He was an American long-distance runner and an official of running organizations. Corbitt is often called "the father of long distance running." He was an ultramarathon pioneer, helping to revive interest in the sport in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. New York Times columnist Robert Lipsyte called Corbitt a "spiritual elder of the modern running clan". In a Runner's World feature honoring lifetime achievement, writer Gail Kislevitz called Corbitt a "symbol of durability and longevity".[1]

Corbitt also developed standards to accurately measure courses and certify races. The technique involved the use of a calibrated bicycle and has been adopted worldwide.