• How do I modify my training plan for Yom Kippur?

    Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement on the Hebrew calendar, requires fasting beginning at sundown on the designated day and ending at sundown on the following day. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath; meaning that no work can be performed on that day and the athlete is to refrain from eating and drinking (even water) during the complete, 25-hour fast.

    For endurance athletes, care must be taken not to exercise at all during the fasting period. It is best to move your training weeks around so that a rest week falls during the time of Yom Kippur observance. Make the 24 hours prior to the fast a light training day, as well as the 24 hours after the fasting period. Move any relatively big workouts out from Yom Kippur some 48-72 hours.

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