I used to run quite a bit. I've done a few marathons, half-marathons and 5k's and used to participate in bicycling events as well. For reasons I can hardly remember, I took a long break from running. I want to start up again because I remember how much I used to love it. It has been difficult to say the least, especially when I remember what I used to be able to do. I feel like a beginner again! I'm wondering what the best course of action is. I find that I take lots of walk breaks on a jog, and I get impatient with myself. Should I try to do no more than 2 -3 miles to start and welcome the walk breaks, or do I soldier on and not take the breaks. The struggle is as much mental as it is physical. Is there anyone out there that can identify with this? Thanks!
I'm right there with you! I was injured while training for a marathon years ago and, although I would run occasionally run, I was never a "runner" again. I truly think fear of serious injury has held me back and any little pain or scheduling conflict has been my excuse not to continue. I can tell you that, just like when you started, you don't want to go too far too fast. I know that I am overly cautious (frankly, I need a swift kick in he butt), but if you plough headlong into your training, you know that you are risking injury. Think back to your marathon training: an increase of 10% a week. I would stick with what you are comfortable with for now, and then gradually begin increasing, that 10% again, as you feel you are ready. Then every two to three weeks, back off by a few minutes or a few miles to give your body a break. Right now, your 10% is coming from within that 2-3 mile run in the form of your walks. You just want to slowly reduce the amount of walking time. Think of it this way: you are not taking walking breaks, you are doing interval training. That is what I keep trying to convince myself of at least :)
Since in see now that this post is from April, I hope you have made great progress! My hope is to do the same as I try, again, to come back.