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Yes, It’s Okay to Take a Month Off from Running

Runner's World reports taking a month off from running in the current environment isn't a bad thing, according to experts including HSS exercise physiologist, Polly de Mille RN, MA, RCEP, CSCS, USAT.

Well-trained athletes will bounce back relatively quick after a brief hiatus. “If you take a month off, it will take you about a month to get back to where you were,” said de Mille. 

de Mille noted that month off could actually be a good thing—especially right now, as training is a stressor. “At this point, we’re not recovering the way we used to,” she explained. “There’s only so much we can take.”

Additionally, when you are ready to get back to running, de Mille advised to ease back into it. “Don’t assume that it’s like tapering for a race and when you come back, you’re going to be even more fit,” she said. “There’s nothing quite like the impact that you experience when you’re running, so if your tendons and muscles haven’t experienced that sort of eccentric stress in a while, your cardiovascular system may be way ahead of your musculoskeletal system in terms of readiness to go long or work hard,” she noted.

Read the full article at Runnersworld.com.