Hello! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Ian and I are currently in Toronto and it seems we left the exact week the sun decided to come out in Dublin 🙂 We are here for the week for some meetings, apartment hunting, and friend/family time.
Today I wanted to talk about running and working out in general. After taking a long break from running, I am slowly getting back into it. I haven’t ran consistently since my Berlin training back in the summer, which is about 7 months ago (wow time flies). I took a break from running because I really needed it at the time and I did not anticipate it to be this long. I wanted to take some time off to try different workouts and focus on yoga.
To be perfectly honest the long break didn’t work out so well for me and I found myself not really trying new workouts or being consistent with any type of workout. I would work out sporadically or not at all for long periods of time because I wasn’t following any type of plan. Because of my personality type I need specific plans to keep me on track. And although my yoga practice helps with my running significantly, I need a 30 day challenge or a specific training plan to keep me motivated and disciplined. I missed running, I missed the challenge and I missed the discipline it brings me to keep focused and on track to accomplish specific goals.
So new year, new goals and new challenges. I made the first step and signed up for the Toronto half marathon on May 7th and the Chicago marathon in October. For the half marathon I am hoping my fitness is just enough to run it and feel strong. I am not going to go for a specific time (not now anyway, but that could change) and for the Chicago marathon I will have a specific goal in mind.
Getting back into running has been a challenge, and I was definitely struggling my first couple weeks to run routes and distances that I used to run easily. That’s what happens though when you take an over extended break. Instead of getting discouraged from the fitness I had lost, I embraced the challenge and broke my plan down into small manageable chunks.
Give yourself time
I cannot stress this enough. If you decide to get back into fitness whether it be running or a specific type of workout after an extended time off, chances are it will take a bit of time and discipline to get back to the same fitness before you took the break. It is easy to be discouraged, but you got there once and you will do it again. Give yourself time before you sign up for another race or get back into a routine and take it day by day. Enjoy the process.
Make a plan
What is your goal? What do you want to achieve and when? Keeping in mind the point above of giving yourself time, make a plan that allows for this. Sign up for a race or event and plan what your runs/workouts will be, when your rest days are and stick to it as best you can. I know that for me a major motivator is signing up for a race and developing a training plan from there.
For me, exercise and nutrition go hand in hand and I feel my best when my nutrition is in check. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water, eating plenty of greens and getting enough protein in daily to refuel tired and sore muscles.
Whatever your journey is, enjoy it, be kind to yourself and embrace the challenge.
Have a great Thursday everyone!