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Why is rest important to runners?

Although it may seem counterintuitive, gains in fitness actually happen when you rest, not while you’re training. Your body needs to recover in order to absorb the work that you have done and to allow the physiological adaptations to a training stimulus to take place. Training causes micro-damage to your body’s tissues and without adequate rest and recovery between training sessions the body begins to break down. By scheduling regular rest or easy days into your training schedule you reduce the risk of suffering from overuse injuries such as tendonitis and stress fractures.

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