Recovery from a training cycle. What do you do?

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    May 19, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    Curious to know what kind of downtime people take to let themselves recover from all the hard work they put in throughout the year. I think I'm due for a good week off from running, and then dropping my mileage by a good amount for at least a month. I got injured last August, and it's only been within the past couple of months that I've been able to faster stuff. I completely an 8k in late March in 33:50 and i'm still around that level right now as both my 5ks have been in around 20:30. 2 minutes slower than last year's fastest... I'm thinking I need to rebuild strength in my affected areas which in all honesty I'm kind of looking forward to. I feel optimistic that if I do this now rather than attempt to extend out my competitive season and risk reinjury, I can have a good Fall season. The last 3 weeks or so have sucked, and I haven't felt very motivated. I have two short easy runs this week and a 1 mile road race this Saturday, I'm trying to just hang in there. I remember I was feeling very much this way last Summer right before I got hurt. I ran some stellar times (for me) on the track, and silly me...I wanted to keep it going.

    I could post this in the running forum, but I want to know what others do in their specific sports/training regimes to recover from a cycle. If they cut off all exercise for that period of time, or do they just cut out their area of focus.

    Thanks.
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    May 19, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    If I feel burned out, I take a week off.

    If I feel totally spent, I won't exercise at all during that week. I'll just relax, eat a variety of foods to help with recovery, and plan my workout for the following week to help transition back into the training cycle.

    If I don't feel totally spent, I'll do some minor exercises. Leisure bike ride, or maybe an easy fun run every other day, daily dozens, stretching. No weight training in the gym. And definitely more eating. icon_lol.gif