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Healthy Running Step by Step by Robert Forster, Roy Wallack

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3 The Science of Recovery

Recovery, which is the foundation of the Four Pillars in the House of Health and Performance, is the missing link of training. Do it and your health and performance improve. Don’t do it and you risk a host of overtraining problems such as sickness, injuries, a bad attitude, and poor results.

You’re feeling a little lethargic. Unmotivated. Fatigued. Sometimes you’re tired enough to fall asleep at the drop of a hat, yet unable to sleep after you wake up in the middle of the night. True, you’ve lost weight, added muscle, and increased speed because of your workouts—but lately you’ve been a little apathetic, not looking forward ...

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