I found this great information on <u>Runner’s World Complete Book of Women’s Running</u> and thought I would share. When I was side lined in October, it was one of those things I wish I had known. We all get hurt, get sick or have to take a break at some point. It’s hard when you are a dedicated runner, but harder is this fear of not being able to run again or even how to ease back into it.
So here is a simple set of rules to follow based on how much time was taken off running.
- 1 week off: Resume at previous distance
- 2 weeks off: Resume at half of previous distance
- 3 weeks off: Resume at one quarter of the previous distance
- 4 weeks off or more: Start from scratch with the alternate walk/run.
It may seem hard to cut back, but ultimately your body will thank you. And remember that even if you start over, you will likely catch up much faster than a true beginner.