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 Do you ever take a break?
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hlburger

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Posted - January 09 2018 :  09:47:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just curious how many of you take breaks from running? Do you take a week off, month off , etc...? Does it help? Do you not take breaks from running and reduce how often you run?

*** Winter running feels like survival mode, I am wondering if you just keep pushing thru or take the opportunity to do other fitness activities...

millar1987

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Posted - January 09 2018 :  12:12:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I take a break - one day a week usually. :-) My only other breaks would come from injury. My last injury was in 2013 when I took 5 weeks off.
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buffalogal

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Posted - January 11 2018 :  05:34:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't take a break unless I'm "injured" (and I put that in quotes because for me an injury may just be a nagging pain that is more than soreness but probably not classifiable as an injury). At that point, I like to ramp up my strength training with Body Pump or boot camp classes at the Y. I may sometimes take a week off from running and take 3 or 4 classes at the Y and maybe replace the cardio with 3 days of elliptical or step or spin bike.

Otherwise, I don't take breaks but my regular intensity / mileage may be lower than other people's from the start.
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SonOfRoxy

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Posted - January 11 2018 :  12:43:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to take a break between Turkey Trot and Shamrock. I was still running but less intensity, no speedwork or racing.
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Occhino

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Posted - January 12 2018 :  14:09:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Runner's run, injuries suck, sometimes life gets in the way.
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lkizz

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Posted - January 13 2018 :  10:08:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Runner's rest, injuries are often the result of not knowing when to rest, sometimes life gets in the way when we make bad choices.
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Occhino

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Posted - January 13 2018 :  11:38:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by lkizz

Runner's rest, injuries are often the result of not knowing when to rest, sometimes life gets in the way when we make bad choices.
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This coming from a guy who risks life and health riding a bike to and from work in the snow and darkness.
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lkizz

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Posted - January 13 2018 :  13:32:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I consider that to be a healthy choice Pat - not only for me, but for anyone who likes fresh air. I'm sorry if my remark came off a bit snarky, but I'm serious about rest. The more I read about the ingredients for a healthy life; the more it points to these 3 things:

Diet.
Exercise.
Rest.

The last one may be the hardest for the type A types.
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peteg2

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Posted - January 13 2018 :  14:48:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since it seems like lkizz has decided to steer this thread away from the original question, I will try to get it back on track. I'm of the opinion that you should go through a series of training phases throughout the year. You should focus your training to peak for periods of 3 months or less a couple times each year. I think winter is a great time to reset your base, do steady volume and tempo runs, but back off from intense work and racing. I don't personally schedule any days off, because life gets in the way enough (not because of bad choices) where I get a rest day here and there. I wouldn't take anything longer than a week off of running unless you are injured. Studies show that any rest benefit from time off when healthy is maximized by 5 days. De-training begins within 48 hours of rest and increases from there. Also, the buildup period is the most likely training phase for injury to occur. Variety in your training activities is always a good idea though.
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ironpower

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Posted - January 16 2018 :  04:36:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When I am training for a race I do take off two days a week. I do take periods where I do not run at all. Sometimes it is a few weeks and could be as much as a month. I do use the winter to log the miles with low intensity.

ironpower

Push 'til you puke, then go harder!!!
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hlburger

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Posted - January 19 2018 :  07:37:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for the reflection. I am trying out the low intensity for the winter miles. But i'm glad to read no one really "stops"... :)
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