Drop Down Week. n. in endurance run training this is a reduction in weekly mileage, directly following an increase in mileage for 2 to 4 weeks. This continues to increase mileage for 2 to 4 weeks, and again drop down. These are the weeks for rest and "recovery."
Why is it much needed? I'm hurting. I really haven't increased my mileage all that much v. last year (completing about 200 miles in January) but I have increased the intensity of my runs-- including more speed and hill sessions, and weight training-- lots of leg strengthening. In addition, the marathons I've been using as "training runs" have been run pretty hard, either fast or on more hilly courses. Nothing in particular hurts, I'm just generally sore and exhausted.
In weeks like this, I look ahead to the mileage and think "ugh"-- then I wonder how I'm going to get through all this training. But, just like a marathon this is a long process and I have to take it 1 mile (day) at a time. Unlike what some of you think (Mel! :P ) I'm no a robot and sometimes even I don't want to train! Also, just like the marathons, it gets easier with time. You can make your body get used to anything as long as you have the will to fight through the tough times like these!
WS100 Training ~ Week 8
"Run to Win" - Meb
Worried about getting injured? Need a boost in speed to hit a PR? Ask yourself... "Have I done my strength training today?!?"