Taking a Break
Even if you diligently follow your training program and boost your recovery through proper diet and hydration, you may still be prone to injury or fatigue. When you are left feeling too sore or too tired to run, you should listen to your body and do the one thing marathon runners often dread the most -- cut back on running. During a cutback week, you can trim your mileage by as much as 50 percent, using the extra time away from running to rest tired muscles, ice aching joints and get a good night's rest. You also can keep your muscles fresh and loose during a cutback week by stretching or cross-training, whether by lifting weights, cycling, swimming or playing another sport.