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WHAT REALLY HAPPENS TO YOUR RUNNING BODY WHEN YOU TAKE TIME OUT

WORRIED ABOUT HOW A HOLIDAY, ILLNESS OR INJURY MAY AFFECT YOUR FITNESS? HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS AND WHAT TO DO TO REVERSE ANY SIDE EFFECTS …

TIME OUT

When a planned rest day turns into a rest week, a nagging injury keeps you from running or you’re off on holiday, you can expect to feel a bit guilty over a dropped exercise habit. Then then there’s the fear of how much of those hard-won fitness gains you’re going to lose.

“If you’re only taking a few days off, it allows your body to recover, replenish glycogen stores, adapt to the training and get stronger, not to mention refresh you mentally so that you’re keen to run again,” explains exercise physiologist, John Feeney (puresportsperformance.co.uk). “Take longer and it will affect your fitness but, the good news is, that it’s all reversible.”

BLOOD PRESSURE INCREASES

In the short term, your blood pressure is affected immediately because running increases blood flow to the heart and this, in turn, prompts your arteries to widen to enable greater circulation. The arteries remain like this for up to 24 hours before returning to normal if you don’t exercise. But these effects are only temporary and it is only after 12 weeks that your arteries can begin to narrow and harden if you remain inactive. “Aerobic exercise such as running makes the heart stronger and, as a result, it pumps more blood through the body and can continue working at maximum level with less strain,” explains Shefalee Loth, a spokesperson for Blood Pressure UK. “By not exercising, the reverse can happen and inactivity is linked to high blood pressure, along with poor diet and weight.”

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Ready to take your running off-road? Then make sure you pick up a copy of the October issue of Women’s Running – our trail special. If you’re a complete beginner, you’ll find advice for taking those first steps on the trails and, for the more experienced off-road enthusiasts, tips from the pros – find out how to “ascend like a mountain goat and descend like a demon”. With expert guides to finding the right trail shoes for you, exclusive reviews of the latest off-road shoes and top-to-toe kit suggestions for every off-road eventuality, we’ve also got your off-road wardrobe sorted. And if you’re struggling for inspiration to take your running off road, look no further than our interview with cover star Susie Chan, whose passion for trail running has taken her from the desert to the jungle. Prefer to stick to the roads? No problem. Try our sharp sessions for 10K runners – or, if you’re taking on the longer distance, don’t miss our complete race-day guide for serious marathon runners, packed with all the advice you’ll need on making your race day seamless.
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