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    Good morning. After Thursday’s race and 26 weeks of running, I’m forcing myself to take a 2 week running break like the book recommends. I hate to say it, but I haven’t done this before. Every time I’ve taken a break, it’s because I’ve been dealing with an injury. But this time, there’s no injury.

    Any suggestions (volume, intensity, etc.) on starting back after a 2 week break?

    Matt Fitzgerald

    Run every other day in your first week back, all Zone 1-2. If that goes well, return to normal run frequency in the second week. From there it depends on your 2022 race plans. Here’s a bit of inspiration for your break:

    The Joy of Losing Fitness: Why Endurance Athletes Need a Break


    Thanks! Now I’m wishing that I had timed this so that my 2 weeks off were at the end of the year, since we’ll be out of town the last week of December. Of course, my race is only a 10K (long story). So I could probably just run for a couple of extra weeks and then take the break.


    I think I have one of the least break friendly watches, the Garmin Forerunner 245. Great watch. But it quickly changed my status to “detraining”, dropped my VO2 max, and tells me these workouts I should be doing. If it was a human, I would tell it to shut up and get off my back! Maybe I should completely ignore my watch for the rest of the break. 🙂

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