Marathon Series: Taking Time Off

Wednesday 25 March 2015 by

Fleet half marathon, Running, Fitness, Marathon training, #HoBFitness, Race

Welcome back to week sixteen of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re talking about taking time off.

Last Sunday, I ran a half marathon. It wasn’t my prettiest, my fastest, or my best by any stretch of the imagination. But I did it, and I have the aches and pains to prove it.

So this week we’re talking about taking the time off after a race. Even if you feel like you can, you probably should take some time off from training after a big race (especially long distance). I put my all in to races, and it leaves me drained. So I always make sure to give myself some down time in order to recover and don’t burn out. Here are my tricks and tips for post-race recovery…

Don’t feel guilty about not running

You’re going to be knackered. Don’t feel guilty for skipping those 5am runs or long-distance runs on the weekends, your body just isn’t up to it right now.

Fill your time with something else

If you don’t fill that time you would normally have spent running, you will not only risk it making you feel guilty, but you will also lose momentum. Fill it with things you’ve missed out on during training – baths, walks and even socialising more!

Don’t leave it too long

I know I said rest. But after a week to two weeks, you will start to lose some of that fitness. So instead of taking a month off, make sure it’s absolutely no more than 2 weeks. Otherwise you’ll be starting from scratch again. And when you do start, make sure you ease yourself back in. It’s going to be a shock!

Once your body is back on track, it’s time to start planning the next race. Trust me, you might not think it immediately after the race, but you’re going to want to do it all over again before too long.

Do you take time off from training after a race? What are your tricks for recovering?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back soon, when we’re talking about finding fitness inspiration.

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