Continue the program after illness


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    If I’m not the first with this question, please excuse me. (Tried to find it in the forum, but wasn’t lucky).

    I would like to know what is the best way to proceed with an ongoing program, after having missed nearly a week of training, due to illness.

    Should one just follow the rest of the program or are adjustments needed?


    That’s probably pretty individualized to you. You could slightly adjust duration and intensity and base what you do, regarding how will you feel. Unless it’s an astronomical jump in mileage or intensity (which I doubt) you’re probably fine to continue as prescribed, but it would depend on how well you’ve recovered from your illness (imo)


    Thanks divitoca.

    Considering your point of view, I will forget about the missed training, just continue the program and introduce small reductions if necessary.

    Leyla Porteous

    Hey Jeff,
    If you miss a bunch of workouts—especially for reasons of injury or illness—you should take at least a few days to ease gently back into training before you return to the schedule. The key is easing back into training – so you should greatly reduce the volume and intensity until your body has fully recovered from the illness and you are feeling good after sessions (ie recovering well). Err on the side of less is more for a week and then reassess.
    Here is a great Blog post from Matt on this topic:

    How Champions Return from Setbacks (Like, Say, Missing a Month of Training Due to Coronavirus)


    Thank a lot Leyla! I definitely have to ease back in, indeed. I will reduce intensity and volume of today’s long run and hope to be at normal during to coming week.
    Thanks also for the article. Very interesting. Matt´s new book on this will be great, I think.

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