How long a break can you take in between weeks

I'm just wondering how long a break you could feasibly take between weeks/ runs without regressing. For two reason really firstly the weather here today is pants but secondly I'm due to go on holiday in November and I don't fancy running about in the dark on my own in rural Devon. Hopefully by then I will have progressed past wk4 but how quickly does your stamina regress if you don't make it out?


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  • Hi, well stamina goes a lot quicker than it comes is the general consensus alliec. Can you not take your kit with you and at least try to get a couple of runs in during the daylight? I assure you I live just over the border in Cornwall and we're not dark all day long even in November! It's about keeping up the cardio fitness that you've built up. Maybe if you really can't run, you could swim/cycle or something else that gets you hot, sweaty and out of breath for at least 30 minutes at a time.


  • Hi Carole.

    We're going to a rather hilly part of North devon but Woolacoombe beach is just down one of the hills I'm thinking maybe I could run along there. I know sand is much harder than roads but it seems a more feasible option and one I think I'd feel more comfortable trying. Theorectically I could be on week 8 by then Eeek

  • Try the firmer sand if there is any alliec, I think you'll find it better than the softer. You could try it barefoot, just watch out for the shells and pebbles! Well done on on thinking about having a go. I hope you get a couple of runs in and maybe let's have a photo!!


  • I think that there can be few places as gorgeous as Woolacoombe beach for getting some runs in - go for it - I used to live near there and the whole north Devon area is one of the most beautiful places, you can't miss an opportunity like this to do some runs! As CaroleC says the wet sand is firm and lovely to run on, plus those hills are a bit big but they come down too and there are superb views at the top if you don't expire on the climb, haha - I'd probably run on the beach for now! Pack something light and windproof in case. Try it and I hope you have a good time, I'm quite jealous!

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