Every 2 to 3 weeks, I cut my weekly miles in half. Given the challenge of last Sunday's 21-miler, I knew it was time to cut back.
I always feel indolent and fat in my "down" weeks. They're a relief mentally, but they are also stressful. I learned that you can't just add 10% every week in my first year of training for the marathon. As with the hard and easy day micro-cycle, runners need week, and perhaps quarterly cycles too.
Next week....back to the breach with 36 or 39 miles.......
What I am about is making training for the marathon a lifestyle. Contemporary medical advice recommends 60 - 90 minutes a day of vigorous exercise. This is consistent with training for the marathon at the amateur level.