I run 40mpw and plan on keeping it there for a while. Do i have to do a deload week every 3 weeks if I don’t plan on increasing mileage? Wasn’t sure if this would make me prone more to injury if I didn’t reduce mileage or not. My workouts also aren’t to hard rn since I’m in a base phase.
You're probably fine. I think once most people are at a mileage that is sustainable for them, they can just stay there for a long time if they want to. And there is something beautifully simplistic about that. So much of running is chasing more. More miles. Faster times. Just run the amount you like to run. I dig that.
But, be open to dropping down every once in a while when you need it. Life gets busy, calf gets tight, you over reach on a workout, whatever, just ease up a little bit.
Although for me personally, I'm more likely to cut workouts before I cut mileage. I just feel best when I do it that way.
Agree with the poster above, but sometimes it is a good habit to get into. Reason being that I don't like the idea of waiting for a reason to take a down week (injury/sick, fatigue) rather than just building that recovery into your cycle. I place a little more flexibility in off days -- some weeks I take zero, some weeks I take one depending on how I feel.
Good point, Zante. I agree that getting in the habit of regularly pulling back is a healthy thing to do.
I guess if I were running very doable mileage (which it OP makes it sound like he's doing), I might schedule the down weeks much less often then every 4th week.
Of course, I'm also someone who regularly schedules a down week in my head, gets to that week and feels fine, and then kicks that down week down the road a little more. So my theory and practice don't always line up, ha ha.