I'm coming back from a right ankle sprain. I was cross training the past three weeks, and starting next week I am cleared to run and will come back slowly the first week just doing easy runs.
Before I sprained my ankle, I had eight weeks of base under my belt. Average was 45 miles a week, and I was doing great in my opinion, running a good tempo a week and everything at a solid pace.
I am getting ready for the track season. We have winter track and outdoor track. I don't really care for winter track so I don't mind missing it. Outdoor track starts late March.
So, after next week of easy runs, should I rebuild my base mileage and if so should I just do base until late March and outdoor STARTS, or would that be dumb? I just feel like I've lost aerobic endurance from not being able to run the past month. It sucks. I cross trained well, but I can't help but feel I'm at a disadvantage now and I'm already disappointed that I lost a month of potential base mileage.
Or, on the other hand, should I just do a couple weeks of mileage then get into more longer intervals and frequent tempos?
Basically, I'm unsure how much fitness I lost and I want to do whatever is best for me to be ready come late March and also perform as best as I can at my peak races which would be in LATE MAY. What should I do?