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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday's Training Tip: When to Take Time Off


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Today's training tips examines when to take time off. While I am an advocate of enduring pain and discomforts. I also know there is wisdom in caution. The tricky part is discerning when to go and when to stop during a workout or training plan. I wrote an entire book about recognizing what kind of discomfort you are experiencing. Today’s discussion deals with knowing when to take time off.

I recently began following a training plan to help me be more consistent in my running. Unfortunately, the weather in Idaho in January is not consistent. The only consistent thing in Idaho’s weather is change.  I postponed a run on a sunny 45 degrees day because I was extra busy and knew I would have more time the next day.  To my dismay, the following day was dumping heavy wet snow! (We pray for precipitation around here, so I can’t complain about the snow – only the timing!) I have endured snowy runs in the past. In fact, I quite enjoy them. However, I spent last summer with an injury that nagged me for six months, so I decided not to risk injury on the slick and snowy roads. I am happy to report that today I am injury free!

When should you take time off?

  • If weather conditions indicate injury is likely.
  • If you have an injury that is aggravated by working out (Sore muscles are not an injury!)
  • If your training plans call for a Rest Day
  • If you are dead

When should you work out?

  • If the weather is warm, cold, windy, or damp
  • If you have an indoor gym, treadmill, swimming pool, etc.
  • If your injury is not worsened by your work out (Not sure? Ask your doctor)
  • If you have new running shoes! (Breaking them in is a fallacy. If the shoes fit, you’ll love your first run in them)
  • If you are breathing.

Of course, there are other excuses that have nothing to do with physical abilities and injuries. Lack of time, lack of motivation, lack of a running buddy and more have an impact on our dedication. Keep visiting on Tuesday’s to get motivated and find more ways to keep moving forward!

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