from Runner's World

GETTING BACK INTO THE RUNNING GAME!

It has been one solid year of "unsolid" training for me. I ran the December 2009 Las Vegas Marathon and could not get back into the swing of things for one full year! I ran a decent marathon, nothing to complain about but for some reason, no longer wanted to run. Well, in the past 2 weeks, I have been getting the runner's itch to get back out there and I am ready to tackle another marathon if my body allows! Here is a great 3 part article from Runner's World that will help me get there and hopefully you as well! Let's GO!


Slow Going


How to survive the early pitfalls of running 
if you're just starting or returning after a layoff

(PART ONE)

The first step out the door is often the hardest, and not just for beginners. Greg Hamilton was training for an ultramarathon when illness forced him to take a nine-month hiatus. In his first attempt to return to the roads, he made it 14 grueling blocks at a pace not much faster than a walk. "It was so bad," says the 24-year-old manager of Jack Rabbit Sports in Brooklyn. "I didn't think I'd be able to run again."

Whether you're returning to the sport after taking time off or you're just starting out, the mental and physiological barriers that stand between you and your inner runner may seem insurmountable. Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., a human evolutionary biologist at Harvard University and marathoner, says most people seem to have a threshold to cross when they start—or restart—the sport. "It takes time for blood vessels to respond, for your heart to get bigger and stronger, to add mitochondria to your muscles," he says. "But the good news is that our bodies are incredibly adaptive."

Returning runners know there's a payoff to sticking with it. Eight months after his 14-block slog, Hamilton ran a 1:36 half-marathon. Still, it's easy to get discouraged, especially when other runners glide past you, breathing as if they have some secret supply of oxygen. Here's how to overcome common early frustrations.

By David Alm / Image by Chris Silas Neal / From the January 2011 issue of Runner's World