29 Dec '14, 5pm

Feeling sluggish? Here's how to return to running after a layoff:

Feeling sluggish? Here's how to return to running after a layoff:

Many runners have been there-lacing up for the first time after an exercise hiatus, praying to the gods of running that there is such a thing as muscle memory. For example, Jeff Alexander, a 48-year-old public relations executive from Philadelphia, ran his first marathon in 1996 in 3:03, his second the following year in 3:07, and his third the year after that in 3:06. A semi-hypothermic experience at that final race coupled with major life changes, including a move and a marriage, caused Alexander to fall out of his marathon-training routine. And although he attempted to keep up with regular short runs, “beer often got in the way,” he says. But 10 years later, Alexander got back in the long-distance saddle. He trained for the 2008 Philadelphia Marathon and once again qualified for boston, with a time of 3:17-and a lot less difficulty than he had expected. “Heading back out...

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