on and off a year!
Three or four miles! to start with!
Is he short of business?
Start the way I do, by jogging up and down the hallway at home.
I've been out for 3 months with a calf strain (and strained popliteus) with no immendiate prospect of a return to serious distance running. I've been using a treadmill to rebuild calf strength, get my heart rate up and it's also keeping me sane. There are plently of bargains on ebay!
I've been out 11 months and still am not back to proper training. I think the key is not to rush it, as it only sets you back in the long run. I started with a sensible walk-run schedule but then tried to progress to proper long runs too quickly, before painfully accepting that it wasn't possible.
Maybe try run/walking at first and see how you get on, and then work up to some regular two-three mile runs. I think the key is not so much listening to your body during the run (although you obviously should) but seeing how you recover afterwards, especially as the cumulative training takes its toll.
Stick with the x-training to maintain your aerobic fitness and try and stay positive. There are lots of stories here of people who have come back after serious lay offs.
I had plantar facsiitis(Nov 2011) for almost a year and stopped running. Although I had not fully recovered and still had some pain my GP advised that I start running again. In October 2012 I started training again. I ran on soft surfaces around our local park. To start with I ran just a mile at a time in the first week every second day then increased this in the following week. By week three I was I was running on roads and had increased my weekly mileage to about 12 miles. I am now running about 30 miles a week and hope to do the London Marathon. I still get some pain after running but nothing I cant cope with. Today I ran twenty miles slowly. I am 67 so I also have age against me. Let your body tell you whats right and build up gradually. Good luck.
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