“Fatigue” is not a four letter word

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.


Are you base training right now?

Are you experiencing some fatigue?

Are you concerned about the fatigue?

In many aspects of our lives, we are told to avoid extremes. Even in running, some will tell you to avoid fatigue. A little tired after a hard day, fine. Relatively constant fatigue? You’re risking overtraining.

I disagree. Fatigue is simply a result of training hard and a sign that you’re applying stimulus for your body to grow stronger.

Now, you don’t want to bury yourself in fatigue. You don’t want it to last for months on end. You don’t want to keep going down the fatigue spiral to depths that are harmful. However, experiencing a low to moderate level of fatigue for a few days or even a week or two before backing off and refreshing your legs is a part of training and should not be considered something to avoid at all cost.

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