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12/14/2008: Down Week

Posted by DaveVause Dec 14, 2008

Day: 9.5 miles

Week: 17.5 miles


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.......

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Member since: Jul 9, 2007

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.

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