A skipped run turns into 4 skipped runs before you even blink. Is your whole training toast? Is it time to throw in the towel? Heck. No.
There’s a reason why you missed the runs – weather, a cold, work, kids, injury… Whatever caused you to miss your runs is important, or you might not have skipped in the first place. Don’t sweat it.
Missed because of Life
If you missed because that thing called “life” got in the way and you missed less than a week, you can pretty much pick up where you left off. Keep in mind, you might be sore or feel lethargic, but that’s nothing that a few days back won’t fix. The pace on the runs should be slower and I would avoid a hard workout or a long run as your first two runs back.
Missed because of Injury
If you missed because of an injury, I would determine the type of injury, the cause of the injury, and how long you missed. Less than 5 days and no pain? Jump back into training. 5 days or more and still have the pain? I’d look into seeing a specialist and possibly switching to cross training until the injury heals.
Does missing a day of running ruin your training? Depends on how and why you missed it!
Contact Marc if you have a running injury you can’t get over. Maybe he can help!