Rest is both literally and figuratively a four-letter word for many runners, including me. I hate zeros in my training log! I hate them even though I know I’ve read somewhere that rest and recovery are important elements of good training. Why do I hate rest days? Why is it so hard to relax on an off day? This was really bugging me, so I consulted The Great Salty Running Index for posts tagged rest, rest days, and recovery. And sure enough, in reading those posts, I stumbled on another four-letter word: fear.
What does fear have to do with hating rest days? As it turns out, a lot more than I could have ever imagined.