After the track season ended, I took a week off. As much as I wanted to run during that week, I did everything in my power to resist. I didn’t want to risk burning out again, especially after I had gotten over being burnt out. Of course, not running for a week can also put you out of shape. Not so out of shape where you’ve gained a few pounds, but out of shape enough to where a couple miles can really suck.
That’s what the first couple weeks were like. Get out of bed, run for a couple miles or as long as I could and hang out for the rest of the day. I didn’t go past five miles the first two weeks (the farthest I went was 4.67). The third week was slightly better; I went for a few 7 mile runs that didn’t feel like my legs were made of bricks.
The fourth week, I was back into it. Morning trail runs didn’t kill me and double days didn’t leave me spent. Right now, the training plan is looking like cross training for once a week and trail runs in the mornings. The plan is to build up base mileage again before I start tempo runs and workouts.
Happy trails 🙂