Apparently, I'm only allowed to get back to running when symptoms have generally resolved (usually about two weeks) and with several restrictions:
- A level and soft terrain
- Distance is limited to 50% of that tolerated preinjury
- Intensity (pace) is similarly cut by one half
- Over a three-six week period, a gradual increase in distance is allowed
- Only then can a gradual increase in pace be attempted.
What? Are you kidding me? I guess I'll be back at square one. You know, I really thought that I was doing very well to not "over-do it", as my mom would say. Honestly, it will be very hard for me to adhere to these guidelines, as you can see from my previous compliance to taking it easy during an injury. I will try my hardest, but I can't promise anything. My heart (aka stubbornness) is telling me to hell with Runner's World, what do they know? I'm sticking with my bunch of bananas...that'll get me through. Right? Right.