13 Dec '12, 9pm

Taking it easy for a while? That's cool. Here's how to maintain fitness:

All runners need a break. It doesn't matter how old you are or how many miles a week you run, a period of reduced volume and intensity will do your body—and your brain—good. And for many runners, there's no better time to back off than during the holiday season, with its competing time demands and family obligations. "By the end of the year, most people are doing their max mileage, whether it's 20 or 100 miles per week, and they've taken their bodies to their maximum level, too," says Jenny Spangler, coach of the Jenny Spangler Racing team in Chicago (jennyspangler.com ) and winner of the 1996 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials. "Waking up early day after day to run eventually leads to burnout, no matter how tough you are." How long you choose to back off is up to you—a newbie running 15 to 20 miles a week may feel rejuvenated after two to three weeks of scaling back, wh...

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