The Fu­ture’s So Bright

How to stage the ideal come­back from in­jury

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

IN A PER­FECT WORLD, noth­ing would stand be­tween you and your run­ning. But life has a way of knock­ing you off track ev­ery now and then. A re­cent study found that more than one in 10 dis­tance run­ners sus­tained an in­jury over a three-month pe­riod. Count­less oth­ers fall away be­cause of new babies, ex­tra pounds or mis­placed mojo. If your train­ing has been on pause for more than a cou­ple of weeks, you’ll need a mea­sured and thought­ful ap­proach to re­sum­ing run­ning. All strong re­turns have a few com­mon char­ac­ter­is­tics, in­clud­ing a slow ramp-up and a mind­set that doesn’t in­volve pin­ing for lost fit­ness, says coach Lisah Hamilton, host of The Con­scious

Run­ner pod­cast. You’ll prob­a­bly feel rusty at first, but mus­cle mem­ory means that sen­sa­tion won’t linger, says run­ning coach Ryan War­ren­burg. Be­yond that, ap­proach each come­back on its own terms. Here’s how to build your run­ning back up, what­ever the cause of your break.

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