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10/21/10 8:16 P

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I am going to keep running through the winter, but I am going to cut back a little starting in November. My legs just feel tired after a few months of training for races and gaining speed. But when spring arrives I am going to start training for a half! So super excited for that!





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10/21/10 2:22 P

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I agree with the consensus. Right now I run 4, sometimes 5 times a week. When I am not racing, I run 3, maybe 4 times a week - for fewer miles - and focus more on getting some strength training in. But I never stop running. :)

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10/21/10 8:52 A

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Thanks for the advice everyone. You guys are great. I wasn't really looking to shut it down for any significant length of time, unless of course that was the overwhelming theme of the thread. Instead I hear the consensus as keep running, maybe back off the miles a bit, and mix in some strength and/or cross-training. They sound like good ideas to me.

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10/21/10 8:23 A

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I typically don't run *as much* during the winter, but I do try to keep running several days a week. I don't want to lose all of the gains that I made over the past year and have to start all over again. I am considering signing up for a spring marathon, so that will give me something to look forward to and keep my running up.

However, I do like to mix in other activities during the winter time. I try to swim more, and I'm going to focus more on weight training over the winter months.

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10/20/10 11:20 P

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My off-season at the beginning of this year was when I tore my calf. I had to miss 6 weeks. Hopefully my offseason isn't caused by another injury again but you never know.

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10/20/10 10:46 P

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Last winter I was training for a half which was in early March so it wasn't an off season as such. In fact it was more mileage than I had ever done since I was still a fairly new runner and this was my first race longer than a 5k!

I run a half on the 30th and it is my last "big" race of the season (after that is a 10k on thanksgiving and maybe a December 5k). And then nothing until April/May, when I plan to choose a spring half. So I'll have Nov/Dec/Jan "off" from active race training. I definitely want to keep up a healthy running base so I'm ready to jump into half training in a couple of months, but I will probbly focus on some cross training and strength training which I don't have a lot of time for when I'm half training. It's fun to mix things up sometimes!!

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10/20/10 9:26 P

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I race less, have no "big" races scheduled for the winter, and focus simply on logging miles and enjoying running in the snow and ice.

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10/20/10 8:07 P

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I have typically chosen two or three events during the year that I train for.... So I follow the plan, with any personal tweeks required until the goal race. After the race is over, I just do easy running at moderate distances to maintain my base until the next training begins.... make sense?

Lately I have decided that I don't really want to focus on races anymore. I have added enough other activities to my life, thanks to my non-running boyfriend to stay healthy, fit, and active. But running is my moving meditation - I need it - so there will always be 3 days a week at minimum. And I think while maybe there is room for more improvement, I don't really need to - what do I really have to prove anyway?
Ah, but who knows... maybe the competitor will resurface later..... ;)
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10/20/10 7:01 P

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I ran a 5k in March and was running 3-5 miles at the gym on the indoor track up until my daughter was born the end of May. After she was born I didn't run again for 5 or 6 weeks and when I started back up, I was struggling to run 1-2 miles. So, taking a week or two off isn't a bad idea to rest and recover, but taking an extended break will hurt your base and it will take time to gain it back.

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10/20/10 6:47 P

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Sort of. I run year round but during the winter months I stick to the treadmill and there's only so many miles I can run on a treadmill without losing my mind. During the winter I try to keep a good base and then start to pick up my mileage around February.

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10/20/10 5:17 P

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there is always a time of year when I run without a goal while waiting to start training for my next race.

but I really don't have a specific off season.

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10/20/10 4:54 P

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I don't take a lot of time off because I have found that if I do it is almost like starting over again. And that sucks!

I may not run as much as if I was training for a race, but I will still run. I also cross train and do the elliptical and strength training sessions as well.

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10/20/10 4:44 P

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I do more cross training during the winter months, but I don't eliminate running. I just do a little less while I focus on strength training.

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10/20/10 3:42 P

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I believe you really should periodize your training, or else you become stagnant. I am in my off-season right now, and I took the month of October off from running and swimming, and 2 weeks off from biking before I start up again for Ironman training. It is a good time to do more cross-training and weight training, work on your weaknesses, and build base fitness. Change up your workouts - for a couple of weeks run when you feel like it rather than by a calendar. Try new routes or running clubs. You need to give your body and mind a break from training. If you choose to take time completely off, up to two weeks and you will not significantly lose fitness. I think fall is 'the season' for running, but as a triathlete, it's a good time for me to take a break. It's hard to not be running in this beautiful weather, but I know that my legs need a break!

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10/20/10 3:09 P

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Last year at this time, I was a running newbie. I have grown by leaps and bounds this year and have accomplished ALOT! Last winter I kept running through the cold and snow in order to ward off cabin fever AND build mileage. That mission was accomplished. I plan on training for a HM at the end of February. That means I will REALLY be running through this coming winter. By the way, I live in the upper Midwest and it can get very cold and very snowy here. Nothing will stop me from my running all year round.

eta...right now I am still in recovery mode after my first HM 3 weeks ago. You can say THIS is my running break although I am still running...just lower mileage.

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10/20/10 2:59 P

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LBTHOMASJR,

In my almost 5 years of running, I have never taken time off from running, however, I have cut back considerably on my running mileage while focusing on other activities.

For me doing so gives me the mental break from running and helps me avoid overuse injuries.

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10/20/10 2:58 P

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I don't. I worked too hard to get up to marathon mileage and I don't want to lose the fitness.

That said, over the summer, I tend to spread the mileage out over more days (so the runs are shorter) and naturally go at a more relaxed pace due to heat and humidity (I live in South Florida, so the summer is the "off" season). I also do more cross training.

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10/20/10 2:50 P

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While I still have at least two races left in 2010, the last scheduled for December 11th, I am already thinking ahead to next year and more racing and training. It gets me to wondering about the time in between. Last year I only had two races under my belt at year's end and simply tried to consistently log miles through the winter to build my fitness for spring racing season. Now with several races and about 1000 training miles behind me, I am curious as to how to approach the winter months and I wonder, do you ever take an "off season" like athletes in most all other sports do? If so, how long and what, if anything do you do instead? If not, do you change the frequency or intensity of your workouts during this time?

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong.
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10K - 50:12 (3 races)
10 Mile - 1:27:07 (2 races)
Half Marathon - 1:56:35 (1 Race)


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