A week off from running

Hi, due to Disneyland and lots of bodyboarding, I haven't run for a week and did my 5k route today, which I can usually complete, slowly but without stopping. But today, after 15mins I was done, had to stop 3x after that. So my question is, how do you feel after a week off? Have you found it harder? Good to hear how others have found it....

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  • I usually feel better and stronger after a week off but it's hotter at the minute and so we tend to be more sluggish and some runs are just harder than others. Don't worry about it, you ran and that's the important bit.

  • Thanks, it's not a huge problem in the grand scheme of things:) will keep going. Hope your summer running is going well:)

  • When I was doing the programme I found breaks didn't seem to matter. After my graduation I had pain in hip and had to rest 11 days. It was harder then to do whole run. I find it harder to set pace well without Laura and her music and a couple of post grad runs I have had to add a few 1 minute walk breaks. I am going to try slowing down instead of walking but a lot of my new routes have hills (inclines) so I think thats why they are harder, also I know I don't have to run whole route and psychologically I think that makes a difference.

  • Totally agree, knowing you can stop makes a big difference, I never cheated on the program!

  • I usually feel better after a week off but it depends if the week off was because I was taking a break from running or I was so busy with other stuff I couldn't find time to fit a run in. If its the latter sometimes I'm just pain tired for running or anything because I have been doing too much. I would imagine walking round Disney and bodyboarding will of been an exercise In it's self and. Maybe your body is just plain tired add in travel and changes of environment they all take little bit out of us. I bet in a weeks time you will be back to full speed again.

  • Thanks for your reply:) pretty tiring but so much fun!! Will just keep plodding on!

  • I took 2 weeks off for holiday, a combination of being too hot in Croatia and just decision to take a break. We were reasonably active while away on holiday. I did first post holiday run on Sunday morning and like you I had to walk after 20 mins, walked for a few minutes then dragged myself to the 30 mins stage. Yesterday was run 2, I managed 30 mins (using Laura and her music) much slower than I had been prior to holiday. I'm hoping tomorrow run 3 will be an improvement.

  • That's really interesting to hear...I did google how it would impact and it seems it has a greater impact if you are new to running, was surprised at the huge difference after just a week! Glad to hear that run 2 was better and hope that run 3 takes you back to where you were before!

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