‘ I JUST RAN A RACE’
Downtime after a big event is actually a good thing, says Warrenburg. Hitting ‘register’ too soon on a follow-up race, either to capitalise on your gains or to redeem a bad performance, deprives your body and mind of recovery time. In other words, taking a few short breaks throughout the year can prevent longer, unexpected layoffs due to burnout or injury. Lizotte advises taking as many days off from racing as the number of miles you raced. Then, keep running easy until you feel the urge to train seriously again.