When I began training almost a month ago (holy moly was it that long ago?!) I wanted things to be different.
Each time I begin a new training cycle, I do feel as if I am a more experienced runner, meaning I will hopefully not make as many mistakes.
Rotate your shoes
Do some core and mobility work
Things like that I add to my arsenal of injury prevention that keeps me running strong.
On the flip side, starting a new training cycle must be met with a beginner mindset in a few ways. I cannot start training at 50 miles a week, even if I used to be able to do that easily in my last cycle. After taking time off, my body is in full recovery mode. I am unfit, my heart hasn’t worked that hard and neither have my legs. Even if you don’t pull something or get an overuse injury, overworking the internal systems of the body is just as bad.
For me, mental burnout occurs much faster with sympathetic nervous system fatigue than muscle fatigue. Therefore, I must build up slowly, training my brain as I go.
It all comes back quickly, each cycle I get up to larger mileage faster and am able to put in more work, but every single time, I start at ground zero.
Very easy jogging, walk-run intervals, no time or mileage goal, always keeping mobility work after each run.
I get a lot of questions, especially on my last post about how I run 78 miles in a week.
This is how I built up to it. Start training as a beginner, and work up to it.
And always run happy!