Taking a Break from Running

I ran the Broad Street Run roughly 10 days ago (and I ran well for how little training I was able to get in) and I am so happy that I am taking a break from running.  So far, I’ve run across a track 4 times totaling about .25 miles and that’s all the running I’m planning on doing for 2 whole weeks.  Here’s what a training break does for me:

  1. Gives me time to “do me”
  2. Allows me to catch up on rest, sleep and tv/reading
  3. Gives my body a physical break and allows me to get out of shape (yes, this is important)
  4. I get to eat whatever I want with no worry about having to run at “practice”
  5. Mentally, I get to not worry about fitting in runs when I have to teach and coach at meets

Broad Street

A break after a big race (peak race, not necessarily a long distance race) can recharge, refresh, and reset you both physically and mentally for a bigger build up for your next race.

What’s your ideal time away from running that helps you get ready for your next race?

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Bernard Lagat on his breaks from running.

Shalane Flanagan talking about what she does on her break. (“Donuts always seem to be your go-to after the race. What’s your favorite kind?”)

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