Training Setbacks

Posted: January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is the time of year that training can be disrupted due to the many illnesses of the season.  This is particularly unsettling if you’re training for the 2012 Boston Marathon and further exacerbated if you’re training for your first marathon.

The tendency is to rush back to training and attempt to make up for lost training miles in one fell swoop.  It’s always better to err on the side of caution and gradually allow you body to acclimate to the rigors of running.  Finding comfort in adopting the proper approach to recovering from an illness isn’t intuitive for dedicated and determined runners.

I recommend incorporating more cross-training until you feel you’re fully recovered.  It’s equally important to eat well, stay hydrated and get as much rest as possible to also increase your recovery.  You should reduce your mileage by 50% for the first 3-4 runs back and then increase to 25% for the next two as your transition back to full training mileage.

This recovery strategy is your insurance that you don’t experience an additional setback!

  1. chris aucella says:

    I remember all those conversations about fighting the natural tendencies to want to make up lost miles in a very few runs. I tend to listen more than I am given credit for and your advice has served me well over the last few years. Get back in the groove gradually is my plan of attack under those circumstances …..

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