Runners face this dichotomy.
In a race you need to be aggressive, ambitious, push yourself to the limit, give it all you’ve got.
But to train well you need to push hard and take down time to recover.
I was listening to this interview with Malcolm Gladwell, he was saying it’s half the battle for coaches to encourage runners to rest as by nature they want to keep training! Makes sense.
The great runners are good at both.
The great runners know when to pull back, rest recover and when to swap modes.
It’s a skill that you develop – and a valuable one at that.