10 Ways To Rejuvenate Your Fall Training

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 28, 2013
If you're lacking motivation after a tough summer running season, try doing a track workout. Photo:

Don’t Be Afraid To Take A Zero

It might seem counterintuitive, but if you’ve been training for an extended stretch of time, late summer might be the perfect time to relax a bit and let your body recover with a day, or days, off from training. “Perhaps you are potentially over-trained or mentally exhausted,” Hartmann says. Specifically, take an “inventory” of yourself from your head to your feet.

- Do you feel fatigued before you start running?

- Do your legs hurt?

- Are you just not mentally into it?

- Do you just want to stop running after 10 or 15 minutes?

Answering yes to these questions might be a sign that you should back off your training a bit. Hartmann suggests that runners who find themselves in these situations should back off their running and cross-train for at least one to three weeks. Specific activities to consider include swimming or hopping on an elliptical machine at the gym. Consider dedicating a week in the late summer to strength training at the gym, or spending 20 to 30 minutes a day completing a series of simple body-weight exercises such as pushups, crunches, planking or doing dips at home.

It’s important to know that taking a zero or two in your training log — perhaps timing it with a well-deserved beach vacation — won’t harm you in the long run, no pun intended. Taking time off from running may seem intimidating, but your mental slump may be your body asking for a well-deserved break.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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