Once you were a runner then life got in the way. So how do you get back into the game and recapture that feeling of speed and power?
If life was a Hollywood movie, a running comeback would play out something like this – you’d struggle a bit, get beaten by the bad guys in a few races, think about giving up, but then, against all the odds, everything clicks and you return to former glory and win.
Well, here’s some good news. With careful scripting such a role is still available to you. You used to put in the miles, but for the last decade or so you have enjoyed a slightly more sedentary existence. So it may not appear this possible to you as you stop exhausted after a few hundred yards during your first run, but science and physiology say it’s possible to get back.
If you’ve been a reasonably good runner that usually says you have the physiological capacity to run. If you stop, that genetic capacity doesn’t go away. It may get hidden by layers of fat and a decline in cardiovascular capacity, however, it’s still there.
This doesn’t mean that on day one you should attempt a workout you last tackled a decade ago. You body and its higher fat content, tighter muscles and degenerating tendons will suggest you immediately that this was a foolish move. Don’t believe it and stick to your goal.