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Poster: has been who never was
Subject: RE: Seven years off and want to start running again
Took 20 years off after getting burnt out on it all in college. Ran sporadically during the 20 - occasional 2-3 miler here and there, but nothing competitive. Was 40 when I decided to give it another go.
Because I felt I was already fit from other sports - surfing, basketball, etc., I jumped right back into hard runs. Bad idea. One yanked hammie later and I realized what most of us masters do:
- build up very, very slowly. Take 6 months or so just to get your legs back under you. For a long time there I did not run 2 days in a row. Up the training slowly and prudently - nothing more than 5% or so a week.
- cross train - bike, spin, pool
- listen to your body - don't run back to back hard days. If you're sore or feel that tinge that may be an injury coming, take the day off.
- Ice and stretch when you can
After the dumb hamstring injury, I did my best to follow my own advice and have jumped back into the road racing scene and will be lacing up the spikes a in a few weeks for the 1st time since 92. I'm loving every minute of it. Good luck.
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