Marathons are all about patience. From the months of training to race day, a key to marathon success is understanding that there’s a long road ahead. It’s apt to take time to get there. So, what happens when an illness or injury sends you to the sidelines? Often runners rush back, said Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first women’s Olympic marathon in 1984. And she’s been there before, having had her fair share of running related injuries. “Sometimes the mind will say, ‘I want to go!’ And the body will say, ‘No, not quite yet.’” Samuelson said. Here are 5 tips for easing back into running after injury or illness and staying healthy and injury free.