Most of us are going to get sick at some point during the year. You might get the flu from a child or you might get a case of the common cold as a simple result of being in public places. For your running training, the key to getting better is simple.
First, don’t come back to running until you are 85-90% better. Just lay low and take time off. Don’t rush coming back to running until you feel well. You will find other information on the internet about sickness “above the head or below the head.” My experience with coaching runners, both in person and online, is simple: when they follow the 85-90% suggestion, they don’t take any steps back in their training once they resume training.
Once you’re feeling 85-90% well, you must have the discipline to run easy for the next few runs. You have to be 100% before you run your next workout or long run. And you also have to be 100% the day before that workout or long run.
Let’s say you were on a Tuesday workout/Saturday long-run schedule (the schedule I like for busy adults with hectic lives). [Read more…]