What do people think about this novel concept? In almost all sports where heavy physical exertion takes place, athletes take weeks/months off their sport and athletics in general during the off season. They take the time to recover mentally, physically and emotionally from the drive. Perhaps this break is as important a discipline as the discipline to always go at it and push as it forces us to fight and reign in the compulsive desire to do something we have become addicted to. I am not a sports psychologist but I am sure the term "addicted to exercise" is not new.
As for the rest part, perhaps long periods of rest should apply to the sport of running. I have not thought about it much until my body has/was and is beaten up a bit and as a result, my psyche/ego and core being has and is effected to some extent. This is/has been a good thing as for a while, I was almost too focused on athletics and neglected other aspects of life. Being "on the shelf", so to speak has re-trained me to put life in perspective and regain some balance and some of the "old Max Lockwood". Perhaps, in retrospect, while I was fully healthy and addicted to running, I should have taken more trips to Jamaica or just weeks and or months off from the regimen of hard exercise and pushing the body to its limits all of those years.
Its water under the bridge now but I am curious what others think.
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