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2285 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 4, 2011 12:58 PM by JasonFitz1 RSS
Spokesnwheels Rookie 7 posts since
Mar 24, 2008
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Dec 30, 2010 9:42 AM

Running after recovery time, and then illness

I ran my first half marathon on December 5th.  I took a week off, and then started to do some short run days during the week.  Right after that first running week, I ended up contracting bronchitis.  This kept me in bed for another week.  I am starting to feel almost 100%, and would like to do a long run this weekend.

 

My question is given my situation, what is the longest mileage run I should take on?  I don't wanna go out there and kill myself, but then again I don't wanna short change my run.

 

Thanks!!





Completed:

Komen Dallas 5K - 29:38

Dallas Turkey Trot ( 8 mi ) - 1:35:37

White Rock Half Marathon - 2:47:12

Rock'n'Roll Dallas Half Marathon - 2:40:24

  • Surfing_Vol Legend 848 posts since
    Nov 6, 2007
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    1. Dec 30, 2010 11:34 AM (in response to Spokesnwheels)
    Re: Running after recovery time, and then illness

    Based on the fact that you ran a 1/2 earlier this month, the lack of injury and no mention of continuing problems from the bronchitis, I think that you can do the long run as planned.  Question -- was the 1/2 easy, hard or just right?  If you struggled, then I wouldn't go more than 8 miles this weekend.  Regardless, ease off on your pace, and take a cell phone just in case.





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    Surfing Vol

    "Victory through attrition!"

    Charleston Half-Marathon 1/15/2011 -- 1:52:03

    The Scream! Half-Marathon 7/16/2011 -- 1:56:00

  • KIRK_T Legend 279 posts since
    Jun 25, 2010

    Coming off the bronchitis I would not push it until you are 100%.

    If your first few runs after the half went well an easy long run should be ok. keep the pace slow and just enjoy the distance.





    Kirk: Started running again at 50.

    2010: 4-5K 1-3.5 mile 2-Half Marathon

    2011: 3-5K 1-3.5 mile 1-8K 1-10 mile 16-Half Marathon 1-Marathon


    Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon 01/15/2012 3:28:33 PR & BQ

    F^3 Lake Half Marathon 01/28/2012 1:48:34

    Shamrock Shuffle 8K 03/25 43:29

    Chi Town Half 4/01 1:57

    Illinois Marathon 4/28 3:56

    Wisconsin Marathon 5/05 3:56

    Lake Geneva Marathon 5/12 3:56

    Rockford Marathon 5/20 4:08

    Soldier Field 10 Mile 5/26 1:31

    Run for the Zoo 5K 6/03 19:57 PR

    13.1 Chicago 6/09 1:50

    North Shore Half 6/10 1:46

    Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 7/22

    Chicago Half 9/09

    Fox Valley Marathon 9/16

    Chicago Marathon 10/07

  • KIRK_T Legend 279 posts since
    Jun 25, 2010

    I know it's tough but listen to your body, it's saying that it is not ready & healed yet.





    Kirk: Started running again at 50.

    2010: 4-5K 1-3.5 mile 2-Half Marathon

    2011: 3-5K 1-3.5 mile 1-8K 1-10 mile 16-Half Marathon 1-Marathon


    Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon 01/15/2012 3:28:33 PR & BQ

    F^3 Lake Half Marathon 01/28/2012 1:48:34

    Shamrock Shuffle 8K 03/25 43:29

    Chi Town Half 4/01 1:57

    Illinois Marathon 4/28 3:56

    Wisconsin Marathon 5/05 3:56

    Lake Geneva Marathon 5/12 3:56

    Rockford Marathon 5/20 4:08

    Soldier Field 10 Mile 5/26 1:31

    Run for the Zoo 5K 6/03 19:57 PR

    13.1 Chicago 6/09 1:50

    North Shore Half 6/10 1:46

    Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 7/22

    Chicago Half 9/09

    Fox Valley Marathon 9/16

    Chicago Marathon 10/07

  • Surfing_Vol Legend 848 posts since
    Nov 6, 2007
    Currently Being Moderated
    5. Jan 3, 2011 6:41 PM (in response to KIRK_T)
    Re: Running after recovery time, and then illness

    KIRKT wrote:

     

    I know it's tough but listen to your body, it's saying that it is not ready & healed yet.


    I agree -- listen to your body.  Try cross-training indoors instead to avoid losing fitness.





    Presentation1.jpg

    Surfing Vol

    "Victory through attrition!"

    Charleston Half-Marathon 1/15/2011 -- 1:52:03

    The Scream! Half-Marathon 7/16/2011 -- 1:56:00

  • JasonFitz1 Legend 572 posts since
    Jun 19, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    6. Jan 4, 2011 12:58 PM (in response to Spokesnwheels)
    Re: Running after recovery time, and then illness

    My general rule for myself is that if I miss a week's long run, I won't increase it the next week. If I miss two weeks, I'll decrease it by 2-3 miles to be safe.

     

    In your case, and I know the time has come and gone, but it would be wise to run about 6-8 miles the next time you do your long run. This is only if you comfortably completed your half (note: this doesn't mean the race was easy - just the distance was very manageable).

     

    Good luck! And don't forget to back off if you need to. Patience pays in running.

    - Fitz.





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