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16 Week Marathon Training Plan - Week 5 - Day 5

Posted Sep 17 2010 2:43pm
I had 4 miles on the plan today but ended up sleeping in and getting an extra day of rest before my long run tomorrow. I feel terrible skipping workouts but I figure as long as I am consistent for 5 of the 6 days I run throughout the week I should be good. I also make sure I don’t skip a pace specific workout like a Marathon Pace training run or the all important Long Run.

This morning I laid in bed browsing the web on my iPhone reading articles and blogs written by people on the subject of skipping running workouts. It seems like a lot of people skip training runs for one reason or another but the resounding message was that unless you are sick, you should be able to skip 1 or 2 days and pick up where you left off.

However, if you let your training lapse for a week or more you need to ease back into the training where you left off and then slowly increase your mileage to where you can then skip a couple of days to get caught back up and on track. As long as you don’t make a habit of skipping multiple weeks, I don’t think it will make too much of an impact on your end result.

The key is to make sure you stick to listening to your body, take a day or two off when needed, and have fun. Once you lose the fun, well then its just work, and work sucks.
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