Mountain Goat Running Tip #6 brought to you by OrthoNOW!

April 10, 2013 at 6:46 AM


New runners and experienced runners often make the same mistake by refusing to take time off. Their fear is by taking time off they will lose fitness and not be able to run as well come the day of their big race. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The fact is that inside of two weeks of a race, there is not a lot of fitness to be gained. The benefits of hard work usually are developed two weeks or more from the actual physical exercise. Instead, runners will tire themselves out, reduce immune levels and otherwise not rest up for the big event.

If you are feeling physically or emotionally exhausted, a day off may be just the ticket. Take it from the first person to break the four minute mile barrier. 

"You find out by trial and error what the optimum level of training is. If I found I was training too hard, I would drop back for a day or so. I didn't run for 5 days before the sub-4." -Sir Roger Bannister, first man to break four minutes for the mile in 1954
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