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