It seems that everything I have been reading or listening to has really stressed the importance of getting plenty of rest and letting your body recover. I know that sounds pretty rudimentary. I have known this for years, but didn't practice it very much as a younger athlete. Many younger athletes can get away with lower amounts of recovery time and sleep. However, this is extremely important if you are older (e.g. over 30). Bodies like mine take longer to recover from strenuous activity. "Macca" talks about this in his book, they talk about it extensively in "Born to Run", and the book I am reading now, "Running With the Kenyans" speaks several times about how the best runners in the world basically only eat and sleep when they are not training. Now I am not a world class athlete, but I can say that I would like to continue getting in better shape while avoiding injury at the same time. I can't afford to just sit around all day either. I have plenty of other things to attend to. On the other hand, the day after a race is a necessary exception. With that said, today was all about absolutely relaxing and letting my body catch up and repair itself.