Last year I dropped out of a marathon at half way and didn’t run for two months. I had a problem with my leg that only a prolonged rest was going to resolve. So I took my medicine and served my time on the bench.
After a lot of weeks it was time to try running again. I was nervous at first, I didn’t want that injury to recur and I didn’t want running to hurt. But I did want to get running again. Here’s some tips if you find yourself in this position.
10 tips for returning to running
Don’t expect to pick up where you left off. After my last hard tempo run before Bournemouth Marathon I felt fit and strong. 8:00 miles were fairly comfortable and I was confident that I had a 3:30 marathon in me. When I eased myself back into running a couple of months later I felt far from that previous fitness. I had to drop back my paces as well as my mileage and try not to get hung up on what once was.
Tell your training partners to go easy on you. They’ll be glad to have you back running with them, I’m sure. But they’ll need to slow down until you’re back to full fitness and you’ll need to put your ego aside and try not to keep up with them if they go off too fast.