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7 Days Rest Doesn’t Make One Weak!

By Ajwbowen
7 days rest doesn’t make one weak!I've had an interesting week, in that I didn’t manage a single run. Not injured, just that my wife has been away, and parenting duties prevented any running whilst the kids were home, and I couldn’t get out for a run while they were at school.
Funnily enough though, I had no problem with this, even though I should be ramping up my training. I’ve taken it as a kind of mid season taper, and a great opportunity for a bit of physical recovery. 
Looking back on my training last year around this time I had a few very skinny weeks for mileage as we were away visiting family, and it had no detrimental effect on my fitness.
That said I am back into it, and making up for lost time. The first run out was hard work with heavy legs (very similar to after a taper) and amazingly my calves were still a little tender to touch following my bout of DOMS about 10 days earlier. 
I followed up that 20km trail run with a similar run but with three hard 1km hill repeats in the middle, by the end of which I was toast. Today I just went with a circuits session (joined by my 9 year old Jack which was nice to see!).
I’m monitoring my training carefully over these next two weeks as I am testing out a pair of SKINS A400 compression shorts. First week without compression gear and the second wearing the SKINS. I will keep my calf guards on for both weeks though, especially given the intensity of hills being run and the DOMS recovery.
I have been fortunate enough to be supported by a number of companies (on the right hand side of this page) for my 33 marathons challenge, and I shall be posting reviews of their gear over the coming weeks.
So while my body has (hopefully) been repairing all the micro level damage I will have inflicted on it of late, it will be interesting to see how that has affected my performance. This is of particular interest as I start my final couple of months training before The North Face 100 in May, and as I continue to build on this for the far greater challenge in August. The results of the next few weeks could suggest that another week off could be in order.
7 days rest doesn’t make one weak!It’s widely accepted that training should include easier weeks, and I am interested to see how taking a full week off will benefit in terms of long term recovery and in any drop off in performance.
I’ll keep you posted.
Run Happy
Andy
“Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary toward a worthwhile achievement” – Henry Ford
www.ultrarunning.com.au

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