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I posted on here a few weeks back saying my RHR was up following a virus. I didn't run for 8 days after and then got back into it (60 mpw). I train religiously with a HRM and three weeks later my 75% MHR runs are still around 1 min a mile slower than pre-virus and my RHR is still all over the place. The only answer I can really find is 'Over Training Syndrome'. I am therefore, reluctantly, taking some time out. I reckon about a week should surfice but I keen to hear other's experience or advice about how long to take off and how to return to training.
Any keen runners here will hopefully sympathise with how upsetting it is seeing all the hard work go to ratsh*t.