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Time off

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    Awebb
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    Hello, just a question about how much time you should have off between races/ training blocks? I believe I noticed in your book that you said to have 2 weeks off training to allow the body to recover for the next cycle. However- does that 2 weeks mean absolutely no training at all?

    I’m really keen to start my level 2 5k plan, & have noticed the first few days seem fairly light. So could you for instance have a full week off, then start the program? Am I also right in presuming it all depends on how ‘hard’ you trained in the previous block? For example, an athlete running 80-100+ miles will need a bigger break than an athlete doing 30-45miles- such as myself?

    Hope this question isn’t answered somewhere obvious, I have had a look through the website but couldn’t find the answer. Kind regards.

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    Matt Fitzgerald
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    There are no hard-and-fast rules. How long a break you need and what exactly you do during the break depend on how hard you trained in the preceding cycle, how long your peak race event was, and your age, experience, and durability. I myself never took more than than three days of complete rest, even after an Ironman. If you feel ready you probably are ready.

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