One of the little known facts about why the Kenyans are such good distance runners, is that they value their downtime. When not training elite Kenyan runners spend large portions of the day resting, or sleeping. Nap time is recovery time.
Optimal training, is not just about monitoring time and/or distance. It is finding the balance between complex features that either break down or build/repair the body.
Too much work, in the form of time, distance, intensity, or a combination mixed with inadequate recovery causes an imbalance in a training programme and will likely lead to over training.
An easy training schedule can quickly develop into over training if there is insufficient recovery to allow the body to rebuild, repair and grow.
Recovery comes in many forms, most notably sleep, and nutrition.
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