Longest without a run

Hello fellow runners.

Well I have not had a run since Thursday due to needing to support a family member during a traumatic time. Now I am unwell and feel I neither have the physical or emotional capacity to run. I am quite worried about this as my fitness is rubbish anyway and each day that passes is a day that I believe my fitness will diminish a little more. Does anyone else feel like this if they have an enforced break? Will I be able to still run the 30 minutes when I start again?

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  • I've had a week off with no ill effects a couple of times... Try not to worry about it, rest when you need it and don't force yourself into a run when you don't feel up for it. Even if you have a bit longer off, it won't take long to get back to your original fitness level.

  • I had a week off due to illness a couple of weeks ago, I struggled the first few runs, but have found my stride again now (although tbf a 30 min run for me is always hard)!

    Hope things improve for you soon and remember we are only human, if you need time out you need time out, the hardest thing was getting motivated enough to get straight back out there.

  • A week is fine. I hurt my back so took i think around a month off. It was murder to begin with, i started in at week 3, did one run, seemed ok, so jumped to week 4, did two of those, jumped to week 5, planning on doing run 1, but finished the third run instead. After that I was back to what i was before i got injured.

    It took about ten days to get back to where i was. A relief, i tell you.

  • Thank you for your kind words. Went to bed last night determined to get out running today, but alas feel really yuk again today. Got barely enough energy to do the necessary things so certainly don't have enough in the reserves for a run. May have a walk later if I feel I can. Last Thursday I ran 5k in the morning then in afternoon walked 6k! Feel like a different person at the moment...

  • I bet you do have enough there for a run...

    Recently I got togged up and out (that's the first hurdle after all) and still didn't feel in the right place even to just bash out 30 minutes. So I did Pyramid 180 off Audiofuel because it is only about 15 minutes. It is a bit like back to the beginning of C25K in that you can walk in between sprinting. Really restored my spirits.

    Or you could tell yourself you are only going to run for 5, 10, 15 minutes... I'd put money on you ending up running at least a bit longer than that and then you'd feel good.

    (I don't advocate it as a way of life but it is amazing what necessary things can be dispensed with in order to run. I've sort of got a bargain going with myself that eventually this running will eventually have a payoff in terms of me being able to do more so the fact that I have to do even less is worth the investment. We're not actually overrun with rats yet...)

    [I couldn't get this to send, but I too haven't run for a week. Just been out and done 20 minutes with about 15 minutes brisk walk back to the car. Glad to have broken my duck!]

  • I bet you do have enough there for some sort of run...

    Recently I got togged up and out (that's the first hurdle after all) and still didn't feel in the right place even to just bash out 30 minutes. So I did Pyramid 180 off Audiofuel because it is only about 15 minutes. It is a bit like back to the beginning of C25K in that you can walk in between sprinting. Really restored my spirits.

    Or you could tell yourself you are only going to run for 5, 10, 15 minutes... I'd put money on you ending up running at least a bit longer than that and then you'd feel good.

    (I don't advocate it as a way of life but it is amazing what necessary things can be dispensed with in order to run. I've sort of got a bargain going with myself that eventually this running will eventually have a payoff in terms of me being able to do more so the fact that I have to do even less for now is worth the investment. We're not actually overrun with rats yet...)

    [I couldn't get this to send, but I too haven't run for a week. Just been out and done 20 minutes with about 15 minutes brisk walk back to the car. Glad to have broken my duck!]

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