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September 7, 2012

New York City Marathon Training: Week 8

Guess what? I didnt run a single mile while I was in Europe.

Why? I needed to not run. Before The Pilot and I took off for London, I was sick with a nasty upper respiratory infection that kept me in bed for 3 days. I still managed to eke out 30 miles that week...25 of them that weekend, even though I wasn't feeling 100% yet. I ran Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday with no rest in between and when I attempted to hit the track on Tuesday for some speedwork before my flight out, I slugged through 1 lap around the track at close to a 12:00 pace before calling it quits.

I needed a break. I intended to run later in the week in Europe, but I decided that the amount of walking I was doing was sufficient cross training and that the way my training was going, I could afford to take a week off.

And you know what? It worked. I've felt great on all of my runs this week...better than I had been feeling even before I got sick. It was stupid of me try and keep my training going full throttle while being sick and taking a week off was just what my body needed to fully recover.

This week, I've done 2 easy runs and 1 technique run. Im heading out again this evening for some double day miles and I'll run long on Sunday. I jumped right back into my training and after the rest, my legs feel fresh, my mind is clear and I feel strong, and ready to tackle the next 8 weeks of marathon training.


Marathon training is a tough beast to tackle. The longest training cycle I've ever done was 14 weeks...this time around, I built a strong base and then started a 16 week cycle and maybe it was just a little too much.

Next weekend, I'm running the Philly Rock & Roll Half-Marathon. I haven't even thought about setting goals for it but I do know that I'm a lot more prepared to race my 2nd half of the year than I would have been without taking some time off.

This might seem unorthodox and I know that for a lot of people, the idea of taking a week off during marathon training is mortifying, but for me, I think it worked...and I'm excited for the next 8 weeks which will involve harder, longer speed work, hills, long runs of 18+ miles each weekend and another half just a few weeks out from Race Day.

How do you feel about taking a week off from training?
Have you ever done it?
Happy Running!

6 comments:

  1. Sometimes your body just needs time off. This summer I really listened to my body. If I need time off from working out, I did it. When I got back from my two week Euro vaca without any running, I definitely felt it for the first few workouts but then I was back to normal.

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  2. A month before the SF Marathon I cut way back on the mileage. No long run and I think I ran 25 miles instead of what I average in a typical cycle (almost 50). Before that week I was miserable but it helped so much! Sometimes the best thing to do is listen to your body. Such a cliche, but true!

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  3. For an illness or an injury you definitely should take time to recover before resuming training. Rest is important in any training plan, I need time for my body to recuperate from time to time.

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  4. I'm really good in taking rest days and probably take more than I should :) But I truly believe rest is just as important. My rule is: If you are not sure to run or not, take the day off! So glad you are feeling better!

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  5. I'm definitely all for the resting. It's amazing how refreshed you feel both physically and mentally once you start back up again. I think I'm cutting it too close to actually be able to run NYC this year though :( More updates on that coming soon...

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