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NEWS

Cold, dark winter days. Lack of time. Work-related stress, or fatigue. There are many reasons that, as a runner, you might be forced – or choose – to take an extended break from the sport. But just how long can you get away with until your fitness starts to fade?

Just a few short weeks, according to a new study on marathoners published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Researchers studied 21 people who, after running the Boston Marathon in 2016, stopped exercising for eight weeks. After four weeks of relative inactivity, the runners had significant drops in blood volume and plasma volume, and the left ventricle of their hearts decreased in mass and thickness – meaning less oxygen reaching working muscles and greater dificulty sticking to a given pace.

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About Men's Running

Give your running a boost with the April issue of Men’s Running – our nutrition special. Whether you’re in need of a reliable mid-marathon energy gel, a pre-run pick-me-up or a recovery-boosting shake, this month’s Best in Test is your go-to guide for the best sports nutrition products on the market – as decided by our team of independent runners. Elsewhere, spring marathoners can take advice from our very own marathon man, Steve Way, who tells you exactly what you should be doing with two months to go. Or, if off-road is your thing, resident trail guru Matt Maynard’s ‘Trail Skills’ feature explains how to hone the skills you’ll need to excel when the going gets muddy. All that, plus the usual training advice, race reports and nutrition know-how to help you run stronger than ever this spring.