I’m not a prolific racer, I like to pick an 'A' race, train hard, do a low key 'C' race, back off a little and do a couple of lead up 'B' races then taper and peak of my A race; I usually have about 3 A races a year. This summer there are a couple of road 10k’s id like to do, Max wants to see me racing a couple of times on the track, id like to do a fast 5k, then there is the Blaydon race (a must). As well as this I have my Stag do, Wedding and Honeymoon. Max asked when I would be taking some time off as it seemed to him that my whole year just seemed to go from one race to another without any recovery, he has a point. I do have easy weeks but very, very rarely actually have a period where I’m not running, Following this conversation we decided that I would take this week off.
I won’t have lost any form in a week, so I should be able to pick up where I left off, but hopefully with fresh legs.
I’ve now had my week off and I’ll be back down the track tomorrow night, I know a lot of runners and most of them struggle with time off running, I’m the opposite. The more time I have off the less I can be bothered to get back into it. I push and hurt so much in training I think I just get used to not hurting. Having said that, this week I’ve replaced my running with some killer core sessions. Just about every night I’ve been working out in the living room, Planks, crunches, hill climbs, Swiss ball, Med ball and Kettle bell, I’m feeling strong and my six pack is coming on grand.