We often forget that listening to our bodies and respecting the recovery process is just as important as tackling the difficult training tasks that become part of everyday life. So many athletes don't realize that it is, actually, through recovery, whether within or outside of a given workout, that our bodies do their best training. The more fit you become, the more quickly you recover. Athletes that are plagued with chronic injuries are typically those that don't know the meaning of rest days or sidelines or how to fine tune their bodies enough to know when to keep pushing and know when to say nada mas.
There are two ways to honor your body. The first is to know when and how to challenge it. The other is to know when to back off.