Saturday, April 27, 2013
One Mile of Racing, One Day of Recovery
I think a lot of runners jump back into training too quickly. They race too soon. And, they often end up injured, or burned-out. So after your next race, celebrate your achievement and enjoy the time off from serious training. Take it easy. REST!
So, if you completed a 100-mile trail race, does that mean 100 days (3 months) of easy running to recover? Probably. The harder you pushed yourself in that race, the more closely you should abide by the 1 mile = 1 day of rest/recovery. If you run a 5K with friends at an easy pace, you can probably jump right back into training. If you really raced a marathon, you should take about a month (26 days) to recover. So back to my situation: 100 mile race = 100 days of recovery? Sorta. I have cancelled my planned Kettle Moraine 100K on June 1. It's too soon. I will continue easy running (and lots of off days) until I hit the 30 day recovery mark. Then I'll start doing slightly faster tempo-ish runs every week. Nothing real hard or real long. After 60 days, I'll be back to regular full training mode, but no racing. Then, after about 3 months (around early July), I'll consider a race if the body and mind are willing.
Of course, this still lets me recovery, train, and RACE the Howl at the Moon 8-Hour event on August 10! I'm looking forward to that race. Big time.