The thing that is hardest to fathom [though I have long known the studies that state that even Olympic runners return to ‘man in the street’ levels of fitness after a year of detraining or non activity] is my huge drop in pace over the mile!? Even 7 months ago at essentially the same flabby weight I am now I was able to hit 6.51 for the mile. Even 4 months ago at essentially the same flabby weight I am now I was able to hit 6.57 for the mile.
A mere 15 months ago I could run more than 20 seconds a mile faster for a whole marathon than I can presently for ONE mile! And that was only 4 weeks after running 50 sub 4 hour marathons in as many days [so hardly recovered]. Amazing how quickly your fitness can drop if you don’t keep it up.
Just a 4 mile jog early this morning. Another faster mile planned for tomorrow. The plan for the next two weeks is just to get back to regular running and try a few faster miles.
Day10 OMC 27 miles