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BOUNCING BACK

WHETHER IT’S INJURY, AGE OR SIMPLY POOR FORM HOLDING YOU BACK, THERE ARE A FEW TRIED-AND-TESTED WAYS TO GET YOUR RUNNING BACK ON TRACK
Put one foot in front of the other and see where it leads

Most runners will pick up an injury at some point in their lives, and most of them will pick up an injury that requires rest. But that’s not the only issue that can keep you off the streets. As you probably know, the UK was gripped by flu over the winter, and illness can be as debilitating as injury.

That was certainly the case for James McMahon from London: “I got a stomach bug in early September, just after probably the best run of my life over some epic hills near home. I basically picked up one bug after another – colds, a chest infection, flu – so that by January I’d run a grand total of four times in four months, and with at least one of those runs I’d probably returned to training too soon and made myself even more poorly. Getting started again became a real mental hurdle. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to reach my previous fitness level, which had taken me five years to reach, and my motivation suffered a result. It was almost like I’d forgotten how to put one foot in front of the other.”

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Haruki Murakami, author of ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ has an apposite quote for describing our sport: “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” I’ve thought a lot about this quote over the years - and it’s taken me just as long to understand what he’s trying to say. My personal take on it is that we all know that running hurts, it’s just how we channel that pain and deal with it mentally that makes the difference. Over the years, Men’s Running has delivered hundreds of articles about how to train to make the pain as painless as possible. We’ve talked to experts about how to train intelligently for every distance and brought you training plans to nail PBs from 5K to a marathon. We’ve rounded up the best of these and brought them to you in one guide so that you can simply run faster. And, remember, suffering is optional!