Taking a month off running - good idea?

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I want to get some runners views on whether it makes sense to take a break from running for a month.

My main reason would be to give my knee a chance to stop hurting but I also want to spend more time swimming (rather learning to swim!) this month.

Actual questions

1. Is it "bad" to not run at all for a month? Do you come back refreshed or just set back back months of fitness gains
2. Is it better to rest by just doing a few light runs, rather than stop altogether?

Thanks

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  • southerndream24
    southerndream24 Posts: 303 Member
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    You're going to lose a bit of your fitness, but if you're cross-training I don't think you'll suffer too much of a setback. If you are feeling pain in your knee than you should shut it down for a bit. Don't worry, you'll get it back.
  • UrbanRunner81
    UrbanRunner81 Posts: 1,207 Member
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    if your knee is hurting taking time off to rest it is a good idea.
  • DavidMartinez2
    DavidMartinez2 Posts: 840 Member
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    After a month off you will be a little slower and not able to run as far but you will bounce back pretty quick (usually a week or two for me)
  • ATT949
    ATT949 Posts: 1,245 Member
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    I want to get some runners views on whether it makes sense to take a break from running for a month.

    My main reason would be to give my knee a chance to stop hurting but I also want to spend more time swimming (rather learning to swim!) this month.

    Actual questions

    1. Is it "bad" to not run at all for a month? Do you come back refreshed or just set back back months of fitness gains
    2. Is it better to rest by just doing a few light runs, rather than stop altogether?

    Thanks

    Some thoughts:
    1 - If you're injured, you will benefit from allowing the injury to heal.
    2 - You may find that you're running faster after a break (I'm experiencing this right now).
    3 - Quoting "Daniels' Running Formula" by Jack Daniels, page 84. If you cross train, Daniels estimates that your "VDOT" (analogous to V02 Max) will drop by about 7% if you do not cross train and by about 3.5% if you do cross train.

    In that you have a running overuse injury and that swimming would give you a chance to allow the injury to heal and that you'll only lose about 7% of your fitness even if you just sit on the couch,…

    Enjoy your rest!
  • beeblebrox82
    beeblebrox82 Posts: 578 Member
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    I'm taking a much needed few weeks off to heal up after a long running season. Even most pros take a few weeks off over the year where they don't run at all. Body needs time to recover!
  • Zekela
    Zekela Posts: 634 Member
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    After a month off you will be a little slower and not able to run as far but you will bounce back pretty quick (usually a week or two for me)

    This... I took two weeks off from running a while back because of an illness that I had. I was about to whip out a 10 mile run, but called it a day after five miles... my body said, "hell no!"... also did the miles at 9 minute pace which was good enough for me. Within a week, I was back to normal though....
  • rockstarginaa
    rockstarginaa Posts: 1,529 Member
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    If you are injured, rest will do your body good. You will lose some fitness, but it shouldn't take long to get back to where you were (speed/distance).