Jo on ac­tive rest

Runner's World (UK) - - Training -

If you plan to have a fairly long end-of-sea­son or post-marathon break – a month, per­haps – have a few days of no run­ning, but then think of the rest of the break as an ac­tive rest. Try to keep your body ticking over by do­ing some easy run­ning on some days. It doesn't need to be part of a sched­ule, just do it when it fits, even if it's only 15-20 min­utes. Dur­ing the ear­lier years of my ca­reer, I used to think it would do me good to com­pletely rest and not run at all. How­ever, I re­alised that the loss of con­di­tion­ing led me to pick up in­juries on my re­turn to train­ing. Later in my ca­reer, when I changed my ap­proach and kept some run­ning go­ing, I found I could then progress back into nor­mal train­ing more suc­cess­fully.

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