|Exuberant, grainy giddiness!
1. The reason you took time off. Were you injured or sick? Were you just swamped with work or travel? You may need to ease back in with extra caution if you were down for the count due to injury or illness.
2. How long was your sabbatical? Most studies suggest you don't really start to lose fitness until about two weeks off from exercise. Depending on how long you've taken off, you may need to consider starting at a much lower level of training than you're used to...maybe even reverting to using intervals as you build up your fitness again.
3. How intense was your rest? If you were able to cross-train during your time off, you'll be more likely to jump back into running without much fitness lost.
My reason: I took the time because Cipro (the antibiotic I was on) has a tendency to lead to tendon rupture, especially in the Achilles. So I wasn't injured, but I was working the prevention angle. Toward the end of the Cipro course, I came down with a cold, but luckily it was gone by this Friday, and I was done with my pills by Thursday.
|It was absolute heaven to be out there again.
My rest-intensity: I was forbidden from doing any rigorous activity, so other than walking around my classroom, I was on full rest.
|It was actually a "cool" 78 last night, so I got lucky.
Decision time: I decided to go out for just one mile, without marking my pace. I chose to run on the park "track", so I'd only be a quarter mile from my car if disaster struck.
|Ready to go!
The reality: After a mile, I paused and checked in with myself. My legs felt good; I hadn't any pain in my ankles or knees, but my hips felt a little tight. Mostly, though I just felt exhilarated! I continued for another mile, picking up the pace a bit, and finished feeling I could do more...but wanting to give myself a day to see if any pain or tenderness set in overnight.
|I'd call this a success!
What do you take into consideration after time off?
How good does that first run back feel?! AMAZING!