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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Episode 15-Losing the Training Effect


















Have you ever had to hang up your running shoes for a season, due to injury or illness? In Episode 15, we discuss the implications of a temporary layoff. I was forced to miss seven days of running recently: not one step. It wasn't easy, but we got through it.

The time off the roads got me thinking: How long does it take to begin losing the training effect that I had worked so hard to achieve--and maintain? How much would I lose in that week, if any?

After researching the topic, we discuss the facts. If you are on a layoff, I think you will actually be encouraged. Even more interesting is that our discussion takes place on the first run back from the layoff, a simple experiment in the flesh as it were.

We actually lose very little conditioning in one week. It takes several weeks to make a real dent in the base we have established with regular running. We share the details in this episode. Take hope: a layoff may be a gift in disguise, as we discuss.

But how do you know if you are actually needing a break, especially when the break is not dictated by obvious illness or injury? There are several indicators that may be hinting at some time off, including--but not limited to

  • Fatigue

  • Soreness that won't go away

  • Dreading the workout, irritability

  • Poor performance

  • No progress with running goals

  • Boredom or not being motivated

  • You just can't stand the thought of having to run

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, maybe you need a break. A week (or a bit more) won't spell the end of the world. Listen in as we talk about it.

I hope you are running well and not having any of the issues we discuss. I appreciate you running with me. And as always,

Thanks for sharing some of the road with me,
The Twenty Minute Runner

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Links mentioned in this episode

Phedippidations Podcast by Steve Runner, celebrating 200 episodes

New Balance 769 running shoes (cushioning and mild stability)

**For the article on training effect and how long it takes to lose it, click here.
(Yes, those are my 768s)

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