Putting an End to my Layoff from Running

This week was a bit of an exception for me. Normally I will run 5-6 times a week even when I am not in a training cycle for a marathon. I tried keeping up with that over the holiday period but that was not possible this past week. For the first time in a long time I went 4 consecutive days without a run.

A combination of a planned day off on Tuesday, the dome being closed to the public on Thursday and forgetting a running jacket Friday combined to produce the 4 day layoff. Given that I am not in a training cycle right now and that I have still been keeping with some of the strength and flexibility exercises my coach assigned me during my last training cycle it is not that big of a deal overall but I was still relieved when I got out for 10 km last night to put an end to the layoff.

In addition to last night’s run I managed to fit in5 km tonight as the freezing rain was starting. I am put an end to my layoff with what will hopefully be a string of consecutive running days. That should not be too difficult since I am meeting with my coach tomorrow night for the start of my training program for the Ottawa Marathon in May.

How long was your most recent layoff from running? Do you keep up with other exercises when you are not running?

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